HARRISBURG – On August 4, the Pa. Department of Agriculture expanded the walnut quarantine for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties because of the presence of Thousand Cankers Disease (Geosmithia morbida and Pityophthorus juglandis).
This order forbids transport of “nuts, nursery stock, budwood, scionwood, green lumber, firewood, and other material living, dead, cut, fallen including stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted and uncomposted chips…” from walnut trees.
The order provides a procedure to request exemptions. Movement of the above into PA is also prohibited from other states where the disease is present: AZ, CA, CO, ID, IN, MD, NV, NM, NC, OH, OR, TN, UT, VA, and WA unless the plant regulatory agency of the state of origin issues a document certifying that the regulated article is determined to be free of Thousand Cankers Disease.
More information: Dana Rhodes 717/772-5205, firstname.lastname@example.org.