Jefferson City, Mo (KSDK) -- Missouri's quarantine regulating the movement of many ash wood products has been expanded because of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Carter, Iron, Madison, Reynolds and Shannon counties in southeast Missouri and Clay and Platte counties near Kansas City and Wayne County are now included in the state quarantine. The counties are places includes places where the borer has been found and adjacent counties.
The quarantine limits the movement of certain wood products from these counties most likely to transport the borer. Affected products, which may not be moved without first entering into a compliance agreement through USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine, include any part of an ash tree, from logs and green lumber, to compost, bark and chips, as well as ash nursery stock and all hardwood firewood. USDA-APHIS-PPQ also has quarantined the eight Missouri counties included in the state's quarantine.
The one-half inch green-colored beetle was first identified in the state in 2008.
For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer, plant and pest quarantines and the Missouri Department of Agriculture's other programs, visit mda.mo.gov.