Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Plant Industry
Christopher A. Logue, Director, (518) 457-2087

Emerald Ash Borer


The 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 twenty-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 23 other counties.  On May 1, 2015 USDA, APHIS PPQ expanded the federal emerald ash borer quarantine to include all of NYS. The rules under the federal quarantine govern the interstate shipment of regulated articles.

On May 11 ,2015 NYSDAM filed revised Part 141 Emerald Ash Borer Regulations with the Department of State. These regulations establish 14 restricted zones which include actual Emerald Ash Borer infested areas, and a five mile buffer zone. The boundaries of these areas will be revised each winter to reflect current trapping and survey data. Below you will find links to the revised express terms, an excel list of the towns which lie within the fourteen restricted zones, a statewide restricted zone map and a series of detailed maps of the 14 restricted zones.

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

2016 EAB Quarantine Map
EAB Regulations - 1 NYCRR Part 141
EAB Quarantined Towns
Bio-Control Fact Sheet
2016 EAB Memo
Detailed local quarantine maps

Flight season ash harvest limited permit

Limited permits can be requested by emailing>.
The email should include: contact name, organization, address, mailing address, phone, email, location of harvest (GPS and physical address), where the material will be processed and the duration that the permit will be needed. The applicant should also include a brief justification outlining the need for a flight season harvest. Acceptable justifications include economic hardship, access issues such as road weight restrictions or hunting restrictions on land, worker safety or terrain limitations that complicate or prevent non-flight season harvests. The permit request should be SUBMITTED A MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS AHEAD OF THE PLANNED HARVEST.
The Department's Plant Industry staff will address and issue permits in the order that they are received. If everything is in order with the application, a permit will be issued by return email. The permit email will also be sent to the appropriate Department inspector and regional supervisor and will be forwarded to the DEC Lands and Forests division for distribution to regional foresters and Environmental Conservation Officers.

EAB on our Borders