Rule 40-4-25-.01. Establishment and Purpose of Quarantine.

Georgia Administrative Code

Department 40. RULES OF GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Chapter 40-4. ENTOMOLOGY AND PLANT INDUSTRY

Subject 40-4-25. EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through August 31, 2020

Rule 40-4-25-.01. Establishment and Purpose of Quarantine

1. The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), an exotic invasive plant pest that is established in several other states, has been found in Georgia. This insect can be highly destructive to Georgia's ash trees (Fraxinus species) and ash nursery stock. Therefore, it is in the best interest of Georgia's citizens, agriculture, and silviculture that this quarantine be established to limit its human-assisted spread within the state.
2. The purpose of this quarantine is to prevent the human-assisted spread of the Emerald Ash Borer to non-infested areas of the state by regulating the movement of those articles that are likely to transport this insect.
3. This Quarantine closely parallels both the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Service (USDA APHIS) quarantine regulation in the Code of Federal Regulation, 7 CFR § 301.53-1 through § 301.53-9 and the Georgia Forestry Commission quarantine regulation at Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 224-3-.01 through .13
4. These rules shall apply to any ash tree originating within an urban setting or regulate articles which are derived from urban ash trees.

Cite as Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 40-4-25-.01

Authority: O.C.G.A. Secs. 2-7-20 and 2-7-23.

History. Original Rule entitled "Establishment and Purpose of Quarantine" adopted. F. Mar. 7, 2014; eff. Mar. 27, 2014.