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Md. to Fall Under Federal Quarantine Against Destructive Beetle Species

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.– The Maryland Department of Agriculture is rescinding the statewide prohibition of moving hardwood from the Western to the Eastern shores due to the recent discovery of the emerald ash borer beetle on the Eastern Shore.

The MDA said that as of Aug. 1, Maryland will fall under a federal quarantine that allows hardwood to be moved within contiguous areas where the highly destructive EAB has been detected.

According to the MDA, the beetle, which is known to travel by attaching itself to hardwood, has killed, damaged and defoliated thousands of ash trees across the state and the nation since it first entered the country 13 years ago. This summer, the EAB was discovered in Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties.

Since everyday human actions can expand the extent and range of the infestation, the MDA is asking that people not move firewood and instead burn it where they buy it.

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