Industry EAB Quarantine Information

MDARD Compliance Agreement Q & A

  1. What is a Compliance Agreement?

  1. A compliance agreement is a document outlining an agreement between the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) and a logger, shipper, or wood utilization firm. It shows that the firm recognizes that its normal practices may present a potential for the artificial spread of emerald ash borer, and that the firm will either transport or process regulated articles only under certain conditions. For its part, the MDARD agrees that they will assist the firm to meet the terms of the compliance agreement, allowing normal commerce to occur.

  1. How do I know if I need a Compliance Agreement?

  1. If you are a commercial firm looking to ship regulated articles from Quarantined areas, you can do so under the stipulations of an MDARD compliance agreement.

  1. What are regulated articles?

  1. Regulated articles include: ash nursery stock, ash logs and untreated ash lumber with bark attached, ash trees, limbs and branches, ash stumps, non-coniferous (hardwood) wood chips and non-coniferous bark chips larger than 1 inch in size in two dimensions, hardwood firewood, any living stage of EAB and any article, product or means of conveyance when it is determined by the Director of Agriculture to present the risk of spread of the emerald ash borer.

  1. What are the stipulations of a Compliance Agreement?

  1. All firms are evaluated based on their method of operations, the origin of the regulated article and the destination. Regulated articles are prohibited from moving from a quarantined area except under all of the following conditions:

    • Have a compliance agreement with the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development, and keep a copy in each vehicle used to transport the regulated article.

    • Have documentation in each transport vehicle that shows the origin and destination of the regulated article including the county and township name.

    • Agree to NOT ship regulated articles during the flight season of EAB (May 1 - September 30).

    • Transport regulated articles, such as ash logs with bark, to a receiving mill that also has a compliance agreement with the MDARD.

    • Maintain your shipping records for 36 months, and have them available for review by the MDARD.

  1. Does this apply to other hardwood species of logs like maple, oak, aspen, etc.?

  1. No, only ash logs are designated as a regulated article. However, all species of hardwood firewood are prohibited from moving from a quarantined area.

  1. Where can I get a compliance agreement?

  1. Please contact the MDARD Call Center at 1-800-292-3939.

  1. How long does the compliance agreement last?

  1. One year from the date it is issued. Compliance agreements will be monitored throughout the year by MDARD Inspectors and may be revoked as necessary for non-compliance.

  1. Is there any way that I can remove ash from a quarantined area during the flight season?

  1. Yes. You can deregulate the logs by removing the slabs with a portable sawmill at the job site. Waste slabs must be chipped or burned on site, but the lumber itself can be removed. This process would require a compliance agreement as well.

  1. My firm only deals with woodchips that don't contain ash. Do I need a compliance agreement?

  1. It depends on the size of the chips. If they are no larger than 1 inch by 1 inch in two dimensions, the chips are not a regulated article and do not present a risk of spread of EAB. Under the EAB Quarantine, all hardwood woodchips were declared a regulated article due to the amounts of mixed hardwood loads that may contain ash moving across the State of Michigan. However, non-coniferous (Hardwood) wood chips and non-coniferous (Hardwood) bark chips three inches or smaller in two dimensions may move freely from quarantine level I to quarantine Level II in the Lower Peninsula.

  1. If I don't transport ash logs from quarantined areas, and don't transport ash logs to the U.P., do I need a compliance agreement?

  1. No. But it is imperative that you stay informed of any changes in the EAB quarantine through contacts with your associations, fellow loggers, and the MDARD. The internet is a valuable tool for updates as well, since quarantine information is kept current on line. That information is available at or

  1. I am a pallet maker that doesn't ship pallets from a quarantined area. What are the regulations on pallets?

  1. The regulation for ash lumber used in the manufacture of pallets and wood crating material in the State of Michigan is to be 100% bark free, including an additional ½" of wood. If you are using ash lumber to create pallets, it must be free of bark no matter where the pallets are moved to. If removing 100% of the bark and an additional ½" of wood from your ash lumber pallet stock is not a feasible option, there are other options that are currently approved as treatments in the EAB Program. These include fumigation, kiln drying, heat treatment, or the current ISPM 15 guidelines. If you choose to deregulate your ash lumber for your pallet stock in a method other than removing 100% of bark and an additional ½" of wood, please contact MDARD to enter into a Compliance Agreement for these treatments.