PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announces plans to establish a quarantine to stop the spread of an invasive beetle in Berkshire County.
The Emerald Ash Borer was found in Dalton last August. The quarantine order means that certain ash products, like firewood, cannot be transported out of the county, except within certain compliance agreements.
There are 22 new counties in New York that border Berkshire County and are under the EAB quarantine. The regulated wood can be transported to these quarantined areas. Ash lumber also cannot leave the county, unless it's been treated through heating or bark removal.
“Well, unfortunately, unless the technology catches up with our efforts and we find a way to eradicate the ash borer, there's going to be a need to keep the quarantine in place,” said Ed Lambert, DCR Commissioner.
“It's unfortunate the area is so large for such a concentrated area in Dalton and Pittsfield. But, I think it's being proactive. I think the DCR and the commissioner have done a very good job in trying to limit this thing even further,” said Representative Smitty Pignatelli.
There is a fine of up to $25,000 for any person or company that violates the quarantine, which takes effect March 1st.