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To meet the regulatory requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) pertaining to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), loggers that are operating in Knox and Loudon Counties will need to enter into a Federal Compliance Agreement.
Within the Compliance Agreement, there are two main requirements for loggers operating in Knox and Loudon counties. First, loggers are only allowed to move ash outside of the quarantined area from October 1 to March 1. Second, the receiving mills must be under a valid Federal Compliance Agreement for the processing of regulated ash.
Each shipment must be accompanied by a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA APHIS PPQ) Limited Permit. A book of Limited Permits will be obtained when a Compliance Agreement is signed. Loggers are responsible for maintaining records of all shipments. It is not necessary to have each truckload of ash logs inspected. However, USDA and TDA reserve the right to conduct periodic inspections of shipments as well as audit records.
To establish a Compliance Agreement, loggers may contact either the USDA APHIS PPQ or TDA. Loggers can contact USDA APHIS PPQ at (615) 907-3357 or TDA at (615) 837-5338.