Emerald ash borer was confirmed in an isolated location in northeastern Texas in May of 2016. Authorities in Texas advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent new pests from entering Texas, and to prevent the spread of pests within the state. Much of Texas is under quarantine for Imported Fire Ant, and it is illegal to move any regulated item (firewood stored outdoors on the ground is considered a regulated item) out of this region. Parts of Texas have infestations of Mexican soapberry borer, an invasive species that kills native Western soapberry trees. Many Southern states have additional areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, and it is illegal to move any regulated items such as firewood from quarantined zones out of those states and into Texas. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 8 January 2018.
Texas Web Resources:
- News Article: Texas A&M Forest Service Confirms Emerald Ash Borer Found in Texas (5/23/2016)
- Texas Invasives, Take Action page
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Hungry Pests, Texas Information
- Austin’s Urban Forest, USFS Report
- Texas Invasives Emerald Ash Borer page
- Texas Invasives, Imported Fire Ant page
- Texas A&M Forest Service Invasive Species Page
- Texas A&M Forest Service Mexican Soapberry Borer Page
- Imported Fire Ant National Quarantine Map
- Laurel Wilt Disease, Mississippi Forest Commission page
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