DEEP: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to Hold Public Hearing Concerning Quarantines

August 26, 2013
 
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to Hold Public Hearing Concerning Quarantines placed on Fairfield, Hartford, and Litchfield Counties in addition to existing New Haven County in Response to the Detection of Emerald Ash Borer in Connecticut
 

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday August 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM in Prospect.  The hearing will be held at the Prospect Town Hall, 36 Center Street, Prospect.  The purpose of the hearing is to discuss establishment of additional quarantines on Fairfield, Hartford, and Litchfield Counties and the current status of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the state including existing New Haven County quarantine that was established August 8, 2012.
 
The Acting Director of the CAES intends to impose a quarantine on all western Connecticut counties in response to the detection of EAB in Sherman, Southbury and Watertown.  EAB 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.  The director is authorized to impose a quarantine by General Statutes § 22-84 and Reg., Conn. State Agencies § 22-84-5e.  Before a quarantine goes into effect, a public hearing is required.  In addition to the CAES director and his staff, representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Forestry Division will be in attendance to help answer any questions regarding the quarantine, existing statewide firewood regulations and EAB detection.  Federal partners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will also be in attendance. 
 
During the hearing, the CAES 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 more information on the hearing and on EAB, go to www.ct.gov/caes or DEEP: Forestry.