ALB was first found in Massachusetts in August 2008. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation (DCR) issued the Massachusetts quarantine order in compliance with sections 8, 11, and 12 of Chapter 132 and section 1F of Chapter 132A of the Massachusetts General Laws on August 8, 2008. Due to additional detections of ALB infested trees, the regulated area has expanded within Worcester County. APHIS first issued a Federal Order that mirrors the regulated boundaries of the State on September 4, 2008. In Massachusetts, the DCR and APHIS work together to operate the ALB eradication program.
For more information about the Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program, call 508-852-8090.
Currently, 110 square miles are quarantined for ALB in Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Quarantined areas include all of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, and Shrewsbury, and portions of Holden and Auburn. Eradication was declared for an infestation in Boston.
APHIS and/or our State partners contract with licensed tree removal specialists to perform the tree removal work under supervision by APHIS or a partnering State official. In Massachusetts, the removal contractor changes based on the State's competitive bidding process.
Free compliance training are available for businesses and individuals who perform work that may involve moving woody materials in the regulated area. There is no charge for the training or the compliance agreement. Compliance agreements may be obtained by attending a 45 minute training session. All individuals and commercial businesses (e.g., landscaping, construction companies, nurseries, tree removal services, firewood dealers) performing work in the regulated area are required to comply with certain regulations. Companies doing pruning or removals, or in any way handling wood from ALB host trees within the regulated area must have a valid compliance agreement. Please be advised that Regulatory Officers conduct surveillance within the regulated area to enforce the quarantine, and fines may be assessed if businesses do not comply with Federal and State regulations.
To register for an ALB compliance training in Massachusetts, please call (508) 852-8110 or email ALBWorcester@aphis.usda.gov.
Training is held the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. and the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m.
Plan to arrive a few minutes early, and if this is your first time attending the training, please bring your vehicle registration numbers. Trainings are held at the following address:
Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program
184 West Boylston Street, Suite 2
West Boylston, MA 01583
By taking the compliance training, you can earn continuing education credits if you have certificates or licenses with the
International Society of Arboriculture (1 credit), the Massachusetts Arborists Association (.5 credit), the Massachusetts Timber Harvesting License (1 credit), and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources for pesticide categories 35, 36, 48 and pesticide applicators (1 credit).