The U.S. Department of Agriculture is amending existing quarantine boundaries in New York and Illinois due to Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Recent surveys have revealed that infestations of ALB have occurred outside of the quarantined areas in New York City, N.Y., and DuPage and Cook counties in Illinois.
Regulated articles include firewood (all hardwood species), green lumber, and other wood materials living, dead, cut, or fallen, including nursery stock, logs, stumps, roots, branches and debris of half an inch or more in diameter, of the following genera: maple, horse chestnut, birch, poplar, willow and elm. USDA requires that regulated articles moved outside the quarantine area meet certain conditions and be accompanied by a certificate or a limited permit issued by USDA.
ALB infestations are responsible for the destruction of a combined 7,900 trees in the New York and Illinois quarantined areas. A full USDA press release can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/press/2001/11/albsurvy.txt.