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​​​​​​​​​​Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) 

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Permanent Quar​​​​​​antine in Washington County

Quarantine prohibits materials from all plant parts of ash (Fraxinus spp.), white fringe (Chionanthus spp.), and olive (Olea spp.) trees from movement outside Washington County.  

In response to the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB), the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has adopted an EAB permanent quarantine (control area) as per Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR 603-052-1075), limiting the movement of ash, white fringe, and olive tree materials​ from Washington County. The purpose of the quarantine is to slow the spread of EAB by restricting the movement of host tree materials to unaffected locations in the state. EAB is now considered the most destructive forest pest in North America, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees. 

The Washington County EAB quarantine restricts the movement of ash, white fringe, and olive tree materials including but not limited to logs, green lumber, nursery stock, scion wood, root stock, chips, mulch, stumps, roots, branches, and firewood of any hardwood species. Exceptions to move nursery stock and wood materials of restricted species out of the quarantine area require a compliance agreement with ODA. Please view the links below for FAQs.

ODA is establishing several processing and disposal resources in the area to limit the movement of ash, white fringe, and olive tree materials within the quarantine area. For processing and disposal resources, please view the list below.

Cuarentena en el condado de Washington

La cuarentena prohíbe el traslado fuera del condado de Washington de materiales procedentes de todas las partes vegetales de fresnos (Fraxinus spp.), laurel de nieve (Chionanthus spp.) y olivos (Olea spp.).

En respuesta al descubrimiento del escarabajo barrenador esmeralda del fresno (BEF), el Departamento de Agricultura de Oregon (ODA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha adoptado una cuarentena del BEF (zona de control permanente) según la Norma Administrativa de Oregon (OAR 603-052-1075), que limita el movimiento de materiales de fresno, laurel de nieve y olivo del condado de Washington. El objetivo de la cuarentena es ralentizar la propagación del BEF restringiendo el traslado de materiales de árboles hospedadores a lugares no afectados del Estado. El BEF se considera actualmente la plaga forestal más destructiva de Norteamérica, ya que ha matado a cientos de millones de fresnos. 

La cuarentena del BEF en el condado de Washington restringe la movilización de materiales de fresnos, laureles de nieve y olivos, incluyendo, entre otros, troncos, madera verde, material de vivero, madera de vástago, material de raíz, astillas, mantillo, tocones, raíces, ramas y leña de cualquier especie de madera dura. Las excepciones para trasladar material de vivero y madera de especies restringidas fuera de la zona de cuarentena requieren un acuerdo de cumplimiento con el ODA. Consulte los enlaces siguientes para ver las preguntas más frecuentes. 

El ODA está estableciendo varios recursos de procesamiento y eliminación en la zona para limitar el movimiento de materiales de fresno, laurel de nieve y olivo dentro de la zona de cuarentena. Para conocer los recursos de tratamiento y eliminación, consulte la lista que aparece a continuación.​

Initial detection

On June 30, 2022, emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic beetle that infests ash trees, was discovered in Forest Grove, Oregon, marking the first confirmation of the invasive pest on the West Coast. The infested ash trees were immediately cut and chipped. 

ODA recently received federal funds to perform work on biocontrol of EAB and is using the Emerald Ash Borer Readiness and Response Plan for Oregon​ as a guide in its response to EAB. The plan was finalized in March 2021 and created through the collaborative efforts of a diverse group of stakeholders. ​

​Pesticide list for Emerald Ash Borer in Oregon 

The intent of this list is to assist people in finding pesticide products whose labels allow for use to control EAB. The list is not an endorsement or recommendation to use these products and you must always follow the label directions. Do not hesitate to contact Pesticide staff​ with questions or for label clarification.​ ​​

Pesticide list​ for Emerald Ash Borer​


Emerald Ash Borer brochure

Learn more about what EAB is, the biology, and signs and symptoms. EAB brochure

Emerald Ash Borer Identification Guide - English & Español

From Oregon State University Extension Service. EAB identification guide

Emerald Ash Borer information

EAB info from USDA APHIS

Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alikes

Photos of beetles and bugs that may be confused with the emerald ash borer. EAB look-alikes

Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan for Oregon

EAB Readiness and Response Plan for Oregon

Emerald Ash Borer Story Map

An interactive story map of the USDA’s history of combating the infestation and the continuing efforts to protect ash trees in the U.S. USDA APHIS Emerald Ash Borer Story Map

Forest Facts: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) handout

From the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Emerald Ash Borer handout
ODF Forest Health webpage

OPB new release: OR Dept. of Forestry Seed Recovery Work

From Oregon Public Broadcasting. Published March 1, 2022. Ahead of emerald ash borer’s arrival, Oregon foresters gather ash tree seeds

Oregon Forest Pest Detector Online Program

The College of Forestry's Oregon Forest Pest Detector (OFPD) free training course prepares you to identify and report high-priority exotic forest pests. Oregon Forest Pest Detector

Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC)

Oregon Invasive Species Council Reporting Hotline

Q & A: Biological Control for Emerald Ash Borer

Biological Control for EAB

Q & A: Changes in the Approach Toward Fighting Emerald Ash Borer

Changes in the approach toward fighting EAB

Q & A: Release and Recovery of Biological Control for Emerald Ash Borer

Release and recovery of biological control for EAB

Recognizing ash trees in Oregon, Washington and Northern California

From Oregon State University. Recognizing ash trees

Insect Pest Prevention & Management
26755 SW 95th Ave. Suite 101
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Phone: 503-986-4636
Alt Phone: 1-800-525-0137​

Please report sightings of emerald ash borers to the Oregon Invasive Species Online Hotline. ​

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