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RE: Mulch Mania


It's good to know something regarding Katrina is being looked after well.
And it's also true that problems need to be reported to proper authorities.
Thanks, Zem!

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Zemuly Sanders
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 3:52 PM
To: gardenchat
Subject: [CHAT] Mulch Mania

Following is an e-mail from our county agent regarding the recent spate of
e-mails re Louisiana mulch.
zem
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:34 PM
Subject: Fw: Mulch Mania


>
> FYI
>
>
> William B. Wyatt
> Extension Agent
> Madison County
> (731) 668-8543
> ----- Forwarded by William B Wyatt/MADISON/EXT/UTIA on 03/07/2006 
> 01:32 PM -----

>
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
> | 
> |
> | 
> |
> | 
> |
> | 
> |
> |    Agriculture & Forestry Today with Commissioner Bob Odom of 
> | Louisiana
> |
> |    Contact: Ashley Rodrigue
> |
> |    March 3, 2006
> |
> | 
> |
> |    Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. 
> |
> |    That is the message Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Bob 
> | Odom
> |
> |    is stressing to the public as an email rumor about Formosan
> |
> |    termite-infested mulch is circling the globe. 
> |
> |    The email warns consumers not to purchase "cheap" wood mulch at 
> | major
> |
> |    home improvement chains because it may be infested with Formosan
> |
> |    termites. 
> |
> |    "The email is not accurate and doesn't even mention the 
> | quarantines
> |
> |    this department put in place last fall to keep Formosan termites 
> | from
> |
> |    spreading," Odom said. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture 
> | and
> |
> |    Forestry issued quarantines following the hurricanes for woody 
> | debris
> |
> |    in
> |
> |    Cameron, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Orleans, 
> | Plaquemines,
> |
> |    St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and
> |
> |    Washington parishes. Woody debris cannot be moved out of these 
> | areas
> |
> |    without first submitting a plan for treatment to the department. 
> |
> |    "I've had my people out looking into these claims to make sure 
> | there
> |
> |    are no violations of the quarantine. I've also had our invasive 
> | pest
> |
> |    expert contact the stores mentioned in the email and we've yet to
> find|
> |    any validity to the claims in the email," Odom said. 
> |
> |    "In my opinion, someone is using the Internet to cause hysteria 
> | about
> |
> |    a
> |
> |    problem that doesn't really exist. If there are people out there 
> | who
> |
> |    know about someone violating the quarantines, then they need to
> report|
> |    it to us. We'll shut the culprits down real quick but it has to 
> | be
> |
> |    reported," Odom said. "I think the quarantines doing the job, though.

> |
> |    We've worked with the debris contractors, the Corps of Engineers 
> | and
> |
> |    FEMA to handle the debris and quarantines." 
> |
> |    To report a quarantine violation, call (225) 925-3763. -30-
> |
> | 
> |
>
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>
>
>
>
>
>           ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>                            Darrell D. Hensley
>                          University of Tennessee
>                       Entomology & Plant Pathology
>                      2431 Joe Johnson Dr., 218 PSB.
>                        Knoxville,  TN  37996-4560
>
>                                   EMAIL
>            "dhensley@mail.ag.utk.edu"   OR  "dhensley@utk.edu"
>                           Phone (865) 974-7958
>                            FAX (865) 974-8868

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