Emerald ash borer was discovered in northern Louisiana in February 2015. The Louisiana Department of Forestry has expanded the initial quarantine to cover most northern parishes which are subject to federal regulations prohibiting the movement of firewood out of the area. There are also quarantines in parishes that border Mississippi for citrus greening which is a threat to citrus crops. The Louisiana Society of American Foresters and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests into and within the state. Many Southern and Central states have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, thousand cankers disease, laurel wilt, and Asian longhorned beetle, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (most firewood is considered a regulated item) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Louisiana. All of Louisiana is quarantined due to the presence of red imported fire ant, and the movement of firewood that has been stored outside on the ground in contact with the soil to any location outside the federal fire ant quarantined area is prohibited. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 19 September 2019.
Louisiana Web Resources:
- Louisiana Society of American Foresters Position Paper
- Louisiana Don’t Move Firewood brochure
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Detected in Louisiana, news article, 18 February 2015
- Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Declaration of Emergency, Emerald Ash Borer Quarentine
- LSU College of Agriculture, Imported Fire Ants page
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- Citrus Greening Quarantine
- Laurel Wilt Disease
- Distribution of Counties with Laurel Wilt
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