St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is proposing a quarantine of gypsy moth for Lake and Cook counties in hopes of stopping the spread of the destructive tree pest.
During the Department's tracking of gypsy moths in 2013, officials say they captured a record 71,258 of the pests, 90 percent of which were located in Lake and Cook counties.
“We knew the day would come when a gypsy moth quarantine would be needed to contain the insects’ spread in Minnesota,” said Geir Friisoe, Director of MDA’s Plant Protection Division. “We have been working on details with the timber and nursery industries, as well as local, state, federal, and tribal officials, since April 2013. Cooperation among everyone in the Arrowhead now and into the future will be needed to help slow the gypsy moth and protect Minnesota’s natural and urban forests.”
Agriculture officials say this quarantine will help ensure the gypsy moth isn't being transported to other counties. Outdoor items like logs and firewood, camping equipment and patio items, that could be infested with gypsy moth must be inspected and certified as gypsy moth-free before moving to a non-quarantined area.
The public will have 30 days to weigh in on the proposed quarantine starting January 27th. There will also be two public hearings to give residents an opportunity to comment on the proposal:
• Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:00 p.m., as part of the Lake County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Lake County Courthouse
601 Third Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
• Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:00 a.m., as part of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Cook County Courthouse
411 West 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Posted to the web by Krista Burns