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EAB has the ability to hurt professionals. Since it has been found, this tiny, invasive insect has killed millions of ash trees, created regulatory headaches and cost the forest products industries millions of dollars.

In Missouri, Wayne County is currently under both a state and federal quarantine. Additionally, any industry that harvests’ ash in, receive ash from, or move wood through a quarantine area, needs to obtain a compliance agreement by contacting Mike Brown, USDA APHIS PPQ, at 573-893-6833 or Collin Wamsley, MDA, at 573-751-5505.

It is critical that all forest users’ partner together to control this and other invasive pests. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions concerning the compliance agreement and quarantine currently in place in Missouri.

Question What is a compliance agreement?

Answer A compliance agreement is a document outlining an agreement between the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and a logger or wood utilization firm. It shows that the firm recognizes that it's normal practices may present a potential for the artificial spread of EAB, and that the firm will either transport or process regulated articles only under certain conditions. For its part, the MDA agrees they will assist the firm to meet the terms of the compliance agreement, allowing normal commerce to occur.

Question How do I know if I need a compliance agreement?

Answer If you are a commercial firm looking to process articles from the Quarantine areas, you can do so under the stipulations of an MDA compliance agreement.

QuestionWhat are regulated articles?

AnswerAll ash material—ash trees, nursery stock, limbs and branches, green lumber, waste, compost and chips of ash species—and all types of non-coniferous hardwood firewood, from Wayne County.

QuestionWhat are the stipulations of a compliance agreement?

Answer Mills and loggers
Ash logs cannot be moved out of the quarantine area during the adult flight period (roughly April 1 through Sept. 30) unless fumigated, debarked or heat treatment. From Oct. 1 through March 31, ash logs may be allowed to be moved to an approved mill with a compliance agreement outside of the quarantine area for processing by March 31. Bark and wood waste must be processed by March 31. These processes must be approved by state or federal agriculture agencies.

Green lumber manufacturers
Ash lumber will need to be processed in an approved manner, such as complete removal of bark (plus ½ inch of wood), kiln drying by approved standards, or fumigation prior to distribution out of the quarantine area. All processes will need approval by state or federal agencies.

Pallet producers
Ash lumber (generated from ash from the quarantine area) used to make pallets will need to be processed in a manner approved by state or federal agencies.

Question Does this apply to other hardwood species of logs like oak, maple, etc?

AnswerNo, only ash logs are designated as a regulated article. However, all species of hardwood firewood are prohibited from moving from a quarantined area.

Question Where can I get a compliance agreement?

Answer To obtain a federal compliance agreement, please contact Mike Brown, USDA APHIS PPQ, at 573-893-6833. For a state compliance agreement, contact Collin Wamsley, MDA, at 573-751-5505.

Question How long does the compliance agreement last?

Answer One year from the date it is issued. Compliance agreements will be monitored throughout the year by MDA inspectors and may be revoked as necessary for non-compliance.

Question Where is the federal quarantine in Missouri?

Answer Wayne County is under a federal quarantine to prevent the accidental spread of the beetle. The quarantine prohibits the interstate (between states) movement of potentially-contaminated wood products: ash nursery stock; any part of an ash tree; including green lumber, waste, compost, chips, etc.; firewood cut from any species of hardwood.

Question What about Missouri, is there also a state quarantine?

Answer Yes, Missouri has a parallel quarantine in place for intrastate (within state) movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from Wayne County.
For more information on quarantines, visit the state and federal quarantine section of this website.

Question Is Wayne County the only place impacted by this quarantine?

Answer Yes. As of June 2010, the only known infestation of EAB is in Wayne County. However, if other EAB infestations are found, then the quarantine might change.