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Upcoming Gypsy Moth Quarantine

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A gypsy moth quarantine is due to take effect in Cook and Lake counties as early as July 1, 2014. This has the potential to impact not only the local wood products industry, but also the movement of individuals, vehicles and outdoor goods into other areas not yet under the restrictions of a quarantine.

Hedstrom Lumber has recently partnered with the USDA Animal and Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS) in a study exploring how processing at the mill might serve to mitigate transport of the voracious forest pest.

WTIP’s Gary Atwood spoke with Paul Chaloux, the National Policy Manager of the Gypsy Moth Program, and Scott Myers, leader of the Hedstrom study, about the gypsy moth, the quarantine and the Hedstrom study.