Ash tree quarantine expanded to Platte and Clay counties

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. - Following this summer's findings of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer in Madison and Reynolds counties, Missouri's quarantine regulating the movement of many ash wood products has been expanded.   

The quarantine, an effort to reduce the spread of the half inch-long emerald green-colored beetle, now includes the counties in which the borer has been found as well as several adjacent counties.

Carter, Iron, Madison, Reynolds and Shannon counties in southeast Missouri and Clay and Platte counties near Kansas City are now included in the state quarantine.

John Nichols lives in Clay County and sells firewood. He plans to honor the restrictions and question his buyers before he sells his wood.

"It looks like my customers are limited to Platte and Clay counties," Nichols said. "I'll just have to screen them when they call and say the want to come and load and get a load see where they live and where they're taking it before I sell it to them."

The quarantine limits the movement of certain wood products from the counties most likely to transport the borer. Quarantined products may not be moved without first entering into a compliance agreement through USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine.

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