Spotted Lanternfly BMP's for the Forest Product Industry and Landowners
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a serious threat to the forest products industry as well as all commerce in Pennsylvania. There are now 13 counties* in southeast Pennsylvania that are quarantined for movement of any product that is stored outside, including logs, lumber, and firewood. While previous quarantines for Emerald Ash Borer allowed movement of forest products within the quarantine zone, this quarantine is different. In areas where there are large populations of SLF, it is possible that logging and/or processing lumber could be stopped during major infestation periods.
Every logger, forester, and primary and secondary mill should be extremely vigilant to make sure that their work and/or facility does not move SLF. Industries in these high population areas are required to take extreme measures to assure they are not moving egg masses or various life stages of SLF. Forest product companies within and outside the current quarantine are strongly encouraged to enact Best Management Practices that will slow the spread of this insect, and protect your business from becoming a conduit for SLF. Unlike Emerald Ash Borer, this new insect affects the quality of life for citizens. It is possible that neighboring states and other nations may restrict movement of product from the quarantine zones.
The Hardwoods Development Council met with companies in November 2017, including those in the quarantine zone and outside the zone, to learn about SLF and its potential impact on the forest product industry. They recommended that Best Management Practices be developed to assist companies to protect themselves as well as their community. While egg masses can be carried on most anything and various life stages of the SLF can be accidently moved by any citizen, it will benefit the forest products industry to be as proactive as possible to protect the movement of SLF.
The "Recommended Best Management Practices for the Forest Products Industry related to Spotted Lanternfly and Other Potential Forest Pests in Pennsylvania" can be downloaded here. If you or your company would like to voluntarily review, modify, and adapt to your/their specific needs please respond to the HDC (email@example.com) and he can provide an editable word document of the BMP's. Companies within the quarantine zones will need to contact their regional Plant Industry Inspector (page 16 of the BMPs) to determine what they must do to comply with requirements and continue to safely operate.
If you would like to set up a SLF training for your company, please contact Sarah at NTHA. Again, these BMPs are recommendations that are meant to protect your specific industry and community. We also hope that if other states or nations attempt to quarantine product from the state, that they will allow companies that have placed BMPs into practice to be exempt. We also hope that many companies will voluntary participate in these trainings and BMP recommendations. This will demonstrate the proactive action our industry has voluntarily taken and provide justification that our industry is not spreading SLF.
*Counties Quarantined for SLF in Pennsylvania as of January 31, 2018:
Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Monroe, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill.
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