Emerald Ash Borer Public Meeting

June 12, 2018

For more information, contact: John Bott at 207-287-3156

State Officials to seek public input in affected area on June 18

FRENCHVILLE - Officials from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Maine Forest Service (MFS) and Division of Animal and Plant Health will hold a public meeting in northern Aroostook County following discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Madawaska and Frenchville.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide information about the department's planned response to the detection of emerald ash borer; discuss the bureau's proposed emergency order to stop movement of ash from Frenchville and Madawaska; and receive feedback and input from the public.

WHEN: Monday, June 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Frenchville Community Center https://www.frenchville.org/services/community-center.html

WHAT: Members of the public in the affected area are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions prior to adoption of a Proposed Stop Movement Order for Frenchville and Madawaska.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Will cover the biology of the insect, implications for forest health and management and potential impacts to cities and towns.

Discovery of EAB will change how ash is allowed to move

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was recently discovered in Madawaska, less than 200 yards from the Frenchville town line. This is the first detection of EAB in Maine. Because EAB attacks and kills all species of ash (except mountain ash), it presents a serious threat to Maine's forest and shade trees. It is also a federally and internationally quarantined pest, which further adds priority to Maine's response.

As a first step the MFS is proposing to place a temporary, emergency "stop movement" order on all live ash, ash logs and pulpwood and on all untreated firewood from Madawaska and Frenchville, Aroostook County.

This emergency order is a temporary, stop-gap measure to address the immediate threat of inadvertent movement of EAB while the DACF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) negotiate the size and conditions of a formal state/federal quarantine.