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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><i>*Please disregard the previous email. An older draft of the EAB update was sent.*<o:p></o:p></i></b></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><b><i><o:p> </o:p></i></b></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><b>“Slow the Spread” Efforts Ongoing in Vermont Despite End to Federal Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine<o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"> <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal">On January 14<sup>th</sup>, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) ended the
<a href="https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/fs-eab-transition.pdf">
Federal Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine</a> to place more emphasis on management and biological controls to combat the pest. In Vermont, while we continue to find new areas of infestation, our forests support overwhelmingly healthy populations of ash to
 protect as long as possible. Bearing that in mind, we urge Vermonters to continue to follow the “<a href="https://vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer-vermont/slow-spread-of-eab">Slow the Spread” recommendations</a>, which can be found on 
<a href="https://vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer-vermont/slow-spread-of-eab">
<span style="color:#0070C0">VTinvasives.org</span></a><u><span style="color:#0070C0">.</span></u><span style="color:#0070C0">
</span><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"> <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><b>Information regarding the Federal deregulation of EAB</b><br>
<br>
<b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc">
<li class="xmsonormal" style="margin-bottom:6.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1"><b>Compliance Agreements to Move Ash Wood: 
</b>Compliance agreements will no longer be needed to move ash wood unless the receiving state quarantine requires them. As of now, in our area, Maine is the only state that has a state EAB quarantine. A compliance agreement is required to move any regulated
 ash material from any out-of-state location into non-quarantined portions of the State of Maine. These agreements will be handled by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM). Learn more about
<a href="http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/EAB/index.shtml">Maine’s quarantine</a>. If you need an agreement or have questions, contact
<a href="mailto:judy.rosovsky@vermont.gov">Judy Rosovsky</a> with VAAFM at 802-279-2212.<b><o:p></o:p></b></li><li class="xmsonormal" style="margin-bottom:6.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1"><b>Firewood Kiln Certification:</b> Kiln certifications will continue to be handled by the VAAFM. Certification is required every two years. If you need a kiln certification or have
 questions, contact <a href="mailto:judy.rosovsky@vermont.gov">Judy Rosovsky</a> with VAAFM at 802-279-2212.<b><o:p></o:p></b></li><li class="xmsonormal" style="margin-bottom:6.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1"><b>Ash Wood Exports:
</b>The removal of the Federal EAB quarantine in the United States will only impact domestic activities. USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine will continue to issue Phytosanitary Certificates for plants and plant products to meet an importing country’s
 phytosanitary requirements. Contact the <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Furldefense.proofpoint.com%2Fv2%2Furl%3Fu%3Dhttps-3A__gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com_-3Furl-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Furldefense.proofpoint.com-252Fv2-252Furl-253Fu-253Dhttps-2D3A-5F-5Fwww.aphis.usda.gov-5Faphis-5Fourfocus-5Fplanthealth-5FSA-2D5FExport-5FCT-2D5FExport-2D5FCertification-2D5FSpecialists-2526d-253DDwMFAg-2526c-253DeuGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-2Dv5A-5FCdpgnVfiiMM-2526r-253D70vWwfw7ZQttvceMM0pZl5v5-5FiX9EGarEdzfW35xhwc-2526m-253D-2DvEav-2DnHltCVxtz9w-2DNaNBmtQArQ73IwB-5FbC9wHHE-5Fg-2526s-253DK8wdXPZyV7ELe9UxhSTGYehSnmmmedhG3iG3jMigpLI-2526e-253D-26data-3D04-257C01-257C-257Ceb05a5a2c92c4f223ba308d8b40924bd-257Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697-257C0-257C0-257C637457298657659196-257CUnknown-257CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0-253D-257C1000-26sdata-3Dq1BOko74DEH3YOraPd5BIqvsZrmkicbWqd3lqvqt-252FGo-253D-26reserved-3D0%26d%3DDwMFAg%26c%3DeuGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM%26r%3D70vWwfw7ZQttvceMM0pZl5v5_iX9EGarEdzfW35xhwc%26m%3D3WxG77CA6d1--juzsqn00o-yiqjK8lzFptFardg5-ZQ%26s%3DAquVCKJYFCz2jDkXdoo0xEWkCOB0KD9sTfmrfLdbp_w%26e%3D&data=04%7C01%7C%7C74f33b42c84f479cd39608d8b72482ed%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637460714725035679%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=jebWZL1RE9fiyZp3n4vgUb1O4cEtvU4VqcqlCriCOJ0%3D&reserved=0">
Vermont Export Certification Specialist</a><span class="MsoHyperlink"> (ECS)</span> or ECS from the state of export for more information. <b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></b></li></ul>
<p class="xmsonormal" style="margin-bottom:6.0pt"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Resources<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="xmsonormal">We have updated the following Vermont EAB resources on <a href="https://vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer-vermont/slow-spread-of-eab">
<span style="color:#0070C0">VTinvasives.org</span></a> to reflect the federal deregulation of EAB:
<o:p></o:p></p>
<ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc">
<li class="xmsonormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><a href="https://www.vtinvasives.org/sites/default/files/images/SLS/SlowSpreadWoodVT%20FINAL.pdf">Moving Ash from the Infested Area</a><o:p></o:p></li><li class="xmsonormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><a href="https://vtinvasives.org/sites/default/files/documents/pests/AshProcessingOptions_FINAL.pdf">Ash Processing Options</a><o:p></o:p></li><li class="xmsonormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><a href="https://www.vtinvasives.org/sites/default/files/images/SLS/SlowSpreadWoodIntoVT_FINAL.pdf">Transporting Ash Wood Products into Vermont Safely and Legally</a><o:p></o:p></li><li class="xmsonormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><a href="https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource007499_Rep10828.pdf">How to Legally Transport Wood Products from New Hampshire and Vermont to Maine</a><o:p></o:p></li></ul>
<p class="xmsonormal"><o:p> </o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal">The federal deregulation of EAB does not influence state regulations.
<b>Transporting wood visibly infested with EAB and importing untreated firewood from outside Vermont is
<u>not allowed</u></b>. <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><o:p> </o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal">Slowing the spread of EAB in Vermont will mean many more years of enjoying ash trees for their beauty, ecological, and commercial attributes. We thank you for your ongoing commitment to this effort.
<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><o:p> </o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>If you do not want to receive automatic notifications of the expansion of Vermont’s EAB infested area or EAB news, unsubscribe</i></b><a href="https://list.vermont.gov/mailman/listinfo/anr.eabinfestedareamap"><b><i> here</i></b></a><b><i>. <o:p></o:p></i></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Additional questions?  Please click here to <a href="mailto:jenny.lauer@vermont.gov?subject=EAB%20Listserv%20Question">
let us know</a>.  <o:p></o:p></p>
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