Emergency Order Area for Maine Forest Service Emerald Ash Borer Emergency Order

What is an emergency order?

The Director of the Maine Forest Service can implement an emergency order to limit the spread of destructive forest pests. The authority for the order is found in Maine Revised Statutes Title 12, Section 8305.

In the case of emerald ash borer, an emergency order is used to help prevent further spread of emerald ash borer while revised quarantine rules are drafted, proposed, and adopted by the Department.

Background

Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that threatens all ash tree species (excluding mountain-ash) and will have significant ecological and economic impacts on the state. There are no practical means to control EAB in forested areas. It is estimated that 90 percent of Maine’s ash resource is outside of currently regulated areas, therefore continuing to limit movement of ash from infested areas is critical to our forest ecosystems and for those who rely on ash for their livelihoods.

To protect the ash resources of the state of Maine from the unrestricted spread and establishment of a destructive tree-killing forest pest, the Director of the Maine Bureau of Forestry has issued the an Emergency Order to restrict movement of regulated products from outside the area currently within the State of Maine Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Rules (Maine DACF, Agriculture Rules, Chapter 275) pursuant to authority granted by 12 M.R.S. § 8305. The Order area is listed and shown on the map in the following section.

Order Area Map

Albany Twp, Lovell, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Stoneham, Stow, Sweden, and Waterford in Oxford County, Maine. Important note, area is in addition to areas described in the existing state quarantine, Maine DACF, Agriculture Rules, Chapter 275.

Areas Regulated for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Southern Maine and the Surrounding Region and Emerald Ash Borer Detections in Southern Maine

What does the order do? The order limits the movement of ash trees for planting and ash tree products such as logs, pulpwood, green lumber, and hardwood firewood from the order area. 

What is the order area? The order area covers Albany Twp, Lovell, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Stoneham, Stow, Sweden, and Waterford in Oxford County. This order area is in addition to areas described in the existing state quarantine, Maine DACF, Agriculture Rules, Chapter 275, which includes areas in Maine and other states and Canada.

How does this impact firewood movement from out-of-state into Maine, such as wood harvested or processed in New Hampshire? Despite the spread of EAB into Maine, the ban on movement of untreated firewood from out-of-state into Maine remains. Many tree-killing insects and diseases in addition to EAB can be moved with firewood. We urge everyone who uses firewood to choose local or heat-treated firewood.

If I'm only moving ash tree products within the order or quarantine area, do I need to worry about spreading EAB? EAB is not found everywhere within the order and quarantine areas. The MFS and our partners concerned with the future of ash trees in Maine encourage those involved in moving ash tree material within the regulated areas to follow Best Management Practices to reduce the spread of EAB.

Effective August 30, 2021 Emergency Order Restricting the Movement of Certain Ash (Fraxinus spp.) Products and Any Untreated Firewood From Emerald Ash Borer Infested Areas (pdf | 483 KB)

Areas Regulated for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Southern Maine and the Surrounding Region and Emerald Ash Borer Detections in Southern Maine (pdf | 1.17 MB)

Areas Regulated for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Maine and the Surrounding Region and Emerald Ash Borer Detections in Maine (pdf | 1.28 MB)