Department of Agriculture & Markets

 Division of Plant Industry 
Christopher A. Logue, Director, (518) 457-2087

Emerald Ash Borer

EABThe Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis, an insect species non-indigenous to the United States, is a destructive wood-boring insect native to eastern Russia, northern China, Japan and the Korean peninsula. It was first discovered in Michigan in June 2002, and has since spread to at least twent-three other states as well as to two provinces in Canada. The initial detection of this pest in New York occurred on June 16, 2009 in the Town of Randolph, New York which is located in southwestern Cattaraugus County adjacent to Chautauqua County. Additional detections have been confirmed in 15 other counties. A Quarantine is now in place for the entirety of the following counties: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates. Additionally, a quarantine is in place for portions of the following counties Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, and Oneida. See map and text of section 141.2 for specific description of partial county quarantines.

In addition section 141.3 (a) prohibits the intrastate movement of living emerald ash borer in any stage of development, whether moved independent of or in conjunction with any other article, except as provided in section 141.9 of this part which relates to the movement of emerald ash borer and regulated articles for experimental and scientific purposes and reads "Regulated articles may be moved intrastate for experimental or scientific purposes, on such conditions and under such safeguards as may be prescribed by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The container of articles so moved shall bear, securely attached to the outside thereof, an identifying tag issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets showing compliance with such conditions."


Links to information regarding the quarantine area and regulated articles are listed below. Questions regarding compliance agreements and the regulations should be addressed to Senior Horticultural Inspectors in the respective regions. For compliance agreements or quarantine questions in Western NY, please contact William Ellsworth at 585-303-3741. For compliance agreements or quarantine questions in Eastern NY, please contact Ethan Angell at 518-275-9489.

We encourage the public to assist in detecting the presence of emerald ash borer.  Additional information on identifying and reporting EAB can be found at


2014 EAB Quarantine Map
EAB Regulations - 1 NYCRR Part 141
EAB Mulch Sampling Protocol
EAB Compliance Agreement FAQs
EAB Stakeholder Meeting Comments
Bio-Control Fact Sheet

EAB on our Borders