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Gypsy Moth Rules For NE Minn. To Affect Travelers

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DULUTH, (AP) – The state is announcing plans for a gypsy moth quarantine that will affect travelers visiting Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says this is the first time the state has imposed a quarantine to try to limit the spread of gypsy moths. The invasive insect is one of America’s most destructive tree pests. They were caught in record numbers along the North Shore last year.

Under the proposed quarantine, outdoor items in the quarantined counties that could be infested with gypsy moths – such as logs and firewood, recreational vehicles, camping equipment and patio items – must be inspected and certified as gypsy moth-free before moving to a non-quarantined area.

The department will open a 30-day comment period Monday and plans two public hearings.

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