FOR INFORMATION AND ACTION
May 17, 2021
To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Eau Claire and Richland Counties in Wisconsin to the list of quarantine areas for gypsy moth (GM). The GM populations in these counties have reached the threshold to trigger the quarantine expansion.
To prevent the further spread of GM, the attached Federal Order establishes Eau Claire and Richland Counties in Wisconsin as quarantine areas. Effective immediately, all interstate movement of GM-regulated articles from Eau Claire and Richland Counties must be handled in accordance with the attached Federal Order. Wisconsin has established a parallel state quarantine.
GM is a highly destructive insect of approximately 300 species of trees and shrubs. The GM program prescribes conditions for the interstate movement of regulated articles from GM quarantine areas. The federal and state partnership limits the establishment of GM outside the quarantine area that would result from human-assisted movement of the pest. We appreciate the cooperative relationship with Wisconsin in the effort to limit the spread of this pest.
The full list of quarantine areas due to the continuing spread of GM are designated in the federal regulations located in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.45-3 and the Federal Orders at:
For more information about the GM program and Federal GM regulations, please contact GM National Policy Manager, Kathryn Bronsky, at 301-851-2147.
Dr. Osama El-Lissy
Plant Protection and Quarantine
Attachment: Federal Order
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