The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
is amending its regulations by removing British Columbia, Canada, from the list
of gypsy moth infested areas.
This action removes restrictions on the importation of articles that include
trees and shrubs with or without roots, logs and pulpwood with bark attached,
outdoor household articles and mobile homes and their associated equipment.
Surveys have indicated that those areas that had been considered infested have
been free of gypsy moth for the past 2 years, allowing the importation of
regulated articles from British Columbia, Canada. U.S. imports of live trees,
plants and rough wood from this area exceed $200 million annually.
The gypsy moth is a destructive pest of forest and shade trees. In its
caterpillar stage, the gypsy moth can feed on more than 500 different species
of trees and shrubs. The pests can defoliate millions of acres in a season.
Notice of this final rule is scheduled for publication in the Sept. 23
Federal Register and become effective upon publication. APHIS documents
published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names
of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, are
available on the Internet at