Pennsylvania Information

On June 27, 2007, Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Pennsylvania.

Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that destroys ash trees, has been detected for the first time in Pennsylvania and a quarantine will be imposed for Butler, Lawrence, Allegheny and Beaver counties.

Adult beetles were found on an ash tree in Cranberry Township, Butler County, by U.S. Department of Agriculture surveyors, through a joint effort by federal and state agriculture departments, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Penn State Extension. The Emerald Ash Borer has forced similar quarantines in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland and Michigan.

"Emerald Ash Borer poses a major threat to ash trees," said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. "To best manage any effects of an infestation, we’re working to determine whether this is an isolated incident or a more widespread problem."

State and federal officials are conducting intensive surveys for the insect near the detection site. The quarantine is designed to help slow the spread of the beetle.

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