Notice of Comment Period for the Proposed Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in Carver and Sibley Counties.

The MDA is accepting comments on the current state emergency quarantine for emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Fairemaire), in Carver and Sibley Counties and the proposal for a state formal quarantine to be implemented in Carver and Sibley Counties. 

Oral and written comments regarding the proposed regulations will be accepted via email, phone or fax through November 20, 2020. A public meeting will be scheduled during the open comment period. Submit comments to Kimberly Thielen Cremers, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-201-6329, fax: 651-201-6108.

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine and Regulatory Information

The EAB is a serious invasive tree pest, and consequently a quarantine has been placed to help slow the spread of EAB to other areas in Minnesota (see Emerald Ash Borer Status in our state).

These are considered regulated articles by the MDA:

  • Ash logs and lumber
  • Ash tree waste
  • Ash chips and mulch
  • All hardwood firewood;

No regulated articles are legally allowed to move outside of a quarantine (untreated or treated), unless they are accompanied by a MDA certificate. MDA Certificates are only available when a Compliance Agreement (CA) is signed between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the a company, city, county, agency, or organization interested in moving the regulated article.

A CA is a written agreement between a person and a regulatory agency to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements. For more information about CAs please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Arrest the Pest Hotline.

Please refer to the official state quarantine for the full list of regulated articles and other important information regarding movement of regulated articles.

The EAB quarantine in Minnesota is part of a much broader quarantine effort by USDA enacted to slow the spread of EAB to states not currently infested with EAB (map).