MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is the latest state to join a 31-state quarantine put in place to prevent the spread of the non-native emerald ash borer.
The quarantine is designed to prevent the spread of the invasive species into unaffected areas.
Under the quarantine, ash wood may not be transported from Vermont to Rhode Island, Maine or seven counties in New Hampshire.
The ash borer, which is native to Asia, was first found in Michigan in 2002. It has spread to 30 states and three Canadian provinces.
Scientists say the ash borer has pushed five species of ash trees to the brink of extinction.
Vermont officials announced in February the ash borer had been found in the state for the first time.
Ash trees make up about 5 percent of Vermont forests.