Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Chester W. Stribling, Chairman, Lee District Supervisor

August 14, 2008

Staff Lead:


Joe Rossetti, Fauquier County Forester

Virginia Department of Forestry


A Work Session with the Virginia Department of Forestry Regarding the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine


Topic Description:

The purpose of the work session is to describe the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine, the current situation, its importance, and history.  Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect from central Asia.  It was first identified in Detroit, Michigan, in 2002 and is thought to have been introduced in untreated wooden packing crates in the 1990s.  It has spread through natural movement and has been transported by humans throughout Michigan, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and now Virginia.  White Ash and Green Ash are common trees in our forests and residential areas, and both trees are host to the insect.  They possess no resistance to the Emerald Ash Borer and there are no known natural controls.  Infested trees typically die within three years.  The quarantine has been put in place because of two infestations in Fairfax positively identified during the week of July 14, 2008.  The quarantine restricts movement of Ash wood, nursery stock, and all hardwood firewood. 

Cooperation from the Board of Supervisors would be appreciated to make County employees aware of the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer, and ask them to contact the Virginia Department of Forestry if they see something suspicious. It is requested that the following departments be made aware of the possible presence of Emerald Ash Borer, of the quarantine, and of the conditions to look for in affected ash trees so they can assist with monitoring for Emerald Ash Borer while performing their regular duties: 

  • Agricultural Development
  • Community Development
  • John Marshall Soil and Water District
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Environmental Services


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Conduct the work session.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No money is requested from the Board of Supervisors.  County staff time spent monitoring for the Emerald Ash Borer is minimal and can be performed in conjunction with their regular duties.  The exact economic impact of this quarantine is unknown at this time.  The movement of firewood, harvested ash timber, and nursery stock out of the quarantine area is restricted.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Agricultural Development
Department of Community Development
John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District
Parks and Recreation Department
Department of Environmental Services

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