The proposed changes are due to expansions of the known distributions of the invasive insects targeted by the rules. In the case of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an expansion of the area under regulation along the coast through Hancock county is proposed. In the case of the emerald ash borer, addition of Cumberland County and the five southernmost towns of Oxford County is proposed. See the maps below. You can find high-resolution PDF’s of these maps and text of the proposed rules online.
January 2020 Proposed Changes to Maine’s Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Quarantine
January 2020 Proposed Changes to Maine’s Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine
Public feedback on the proposals is encouraged.
Written comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm February 28, 2020 to:
Gary Fish Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry 28 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0028