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Maine Broadens Restrictions To Curb Spread Of Forest Pests

Courtesy University of Maine
A emerald ash borer on a leaf. The bug is small enough to fit on a penny.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine forestry officials are broadening restrictions about the movement of some wood and forest products to try to stop the spread of a pair of invasive pests. The new rules are designed to halt the spread of the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. The pests can cause damage to the state's forests.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said it's expanding quarantine rules about the emerald ash borer to include northern Cumberland County and southern Oxford County.

The quarantine area to prevent the hemlock woolly adelgid has also expanded.