Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has opened a comment period regarding proposed changes to the Maine hemlock woolly adelgid and emerald ash borer quarantines. The proposal notice is posted at the Secretary of State’s Weekly Public Notices website maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices.html — under January 22.

The quarantines essentially prohibit shipment of the logs and products from the affected tree species out of the towns and counties where the invasive insects are believed to have spread. Proposed changes are due to expansion of the known distributions of the invasive insects targeted by the rules.
In the case of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an expansion of the area under regulation along the coast of Knox and Waldo counties through Hancock County is proposed. In the case of the emerald ash borer, addition of Cumberland County and the five southernmost towns of Oxford County is proposed.
Public feedback on the proposals is encouraged.

Any comments considered in revision of the rules must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. Friday, February 28, to: Gary Fish, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028. Comments may be emailed to gary.fish@maine.gov, or faxed to 287-5576.

For more information, contact Gary Fish or Allison Kanoti, state entomologist, by email, allison.m.kanoti@maine.gov, or phone: 827-1813.