MICHIGAN — Four counties in the Upper Peninsula are now quarantined to fight the spread of a bad beetle.
Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee are among the many counties in Michigan that can not bring fire wood across county lines to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – or MDARD – and other federal agencies have already issued a level one quarantine for the entire lower peninsula, and level two quarantines for counties in the Upper Peninsula except for Gogebic, Ontonagon and Iron counties.
MDARD Test Response Program Specialist John Bedford says, “The biggest impact is going to be on those that, particularly those that, as part of their business need to move Ash materials out of the quarantined areas to others parts of the state or other state. So firms that are involved in that type of operation, like logging firms, those types of people – they can still move Ash out of the quarantined area but they need to do it through a compliance agreement.”
MDARD says that individuals or businesses found violating the state’s EAB quarantine are subject to fines up to $250,000 and jail time up to five years.