Emerald ash borer quarantine remains in effect in South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is reminding the public about the emerald ash borer quarantine. The quarantine, which restricting the movement of firewood and other regulated materials, applies 12 months of the year and does not end after Labor Day. The public shall not move firewood out of the quarantine area because live EAB can still be present as larvae or pupae and they may continue to live within the tree, resulting in a new infestation.

The quarantine restricts the movement of firewood and ash materials from Lincoln, Turner, and Minnehaha counties year-round in South Dakota. The regulated ash materials include: ash nursery stock; ash logs, lumber, wood chips or mulch, including trimmed ash tree branches; and pallets made of ash. Movement of firewood from any hardwood species, whether intended for commercial or private use, is also restricted by the quarantine.

“Many misunderstand the quarantine dates believing it is only in effect between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” said Dale Anderson, SDDA plant quarantine and pest survey specialist. “This period represents the approximate beginning and end of when the EAB may exist as an adult beetle, but the quarantine is in place year-round.”

For more information about the quarantine visit https://bit.ly/35M4PGG.

An emerald ash borer.