Refuge Accepting Public Comments

Refuge seeks public comments on the proposed release of biocontrols for the emerald ash borer. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to release three insect parasitoid species for the biological control of the nonindigenous emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located in Dorchester and Wicomico counties, Maryland. The emerald ash borer is a non-native wood boring insect that attacks and kills all ash tree species native to North America. The three insect parasitoid species being considered for release on the refuge have been used successfully as a biocontrol in other parts of the United States since 2007. The proposed project is in partnership with Maryland Department of Agriculture’s state-wide integrated pest management program for the control of the emerald ash borer.

The Draft "Finding of No Significant Impact" (FONSI) as well as the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project is available for viewing at the Blackwater NWR headquarters or by clicking on the links below (both are PDF files). All comments received by the end of the review period will be considered and addressed in the final document.

Comments on this proposed project should be submitted in writing to the attention of Mr. Matt Whitbeck, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, at Chesapeake Marshlands NWRC, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613; or The 14-day public review and comment period extends through March 30, 2018.

Emerald Ash Borer Control FONSI

Emerald Ash Borer Control EA