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Gypsy moths can cause extensive damage to forests. The quarantine will require the inspection of all wood products leaving the Lake and Cook counties. Photo courtesy of MDA.

Gypsy moth quarantine slated to begin in March

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A proposed quarantine on wood products originating in Lake and Cook counties could go into effect as early as March 31.

The quarantine is intended to stop the spread of gypsy moths, a pest that already inhabits much of the northeastern region of the U.S. All of Michigan and most of Wisconsin have been quarantined, but Lake and Cook counties will be the first in Minnesota to be required to monitor its forest products for the moth.

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