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Environment and Outdoors

Plan To Quarantine Invasive Forest Pest Up For Hearings

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An emerald ash borer on a leaf.

SPRINGVALE, Maine - Maine forest managers are holding public hearings about a plan to use a quarantine to stop the movement of an invasive forest pest that can cause havoc for the state's timber industry. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry wants to use the quarantine to contain the emerald ash borer. The new rule is designed to prevent the pest's movement in firewood, ash logs, ash wood products and other products from northern Aroostook and York counties.
 
The first public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Maine Forest Service Office in Ashland. The other is slated for Feb. 13 at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office in Springvale.
 
The state says the quarantine is needed to protect forests in the state, as well as landscape tree resources.