Public hearing to discuss additional emerald ash borer quaratines

Prospect - The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will host a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at Prospect Town Hall, 36 Center St., to discuss establishment of additional quarantines on Fairfield, Hartford, and Litchfield Counties and the current status of the emerald ash borer in the state, including existing New Haven County quarantine that was established in August 2012.

The Acting Director of the CAES intends to impose a quarantine on all western Connecticut counties in response to the detection of emerald ash borer in Sherman, Southbury and Watertown. The invasive insect is already established in numerous New Haven County towns.

The additional quarantines will regulate any movement of ash logs, ash materials, ash nursery stock, and hardwood firewood from within the four counties to any area outside of Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties and will parallel a future federal quarantine.

In addition to the experiment station director and his staff, representatives from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Forestry Division will attend to answer questions regarding the quarantine, existing statewide firewood regulations and emerald ash borer detection. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will also attend.

During the hearing, the experiment station acting director Kirby Stafford will explain the need for the additional quarantines, the restrictions associated with it, and the plan to implement and enforce those restrictions. Written and oral comments from the public will be accepted after the presentation.

For information, visit: www.ct.gov/caes or DEEP: Forestry.

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