Federal regulation in place to prevent spread of Sudden Oak Death
SACRAMENTO, November 24, 2009 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture is issuing a consumer alert to residents of Del Norte County: Douglas fir Christmas trees purchased in parts of in Curry County, Oregon will not be permitted to enter California. Incoming vehicles will be stopped at CDFA’s Smith River Border Inspection Station on Highway 101.
The restriction is in place due to a federal regulation to prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Death, a serious invasive disease caused by a fungus (Phytopthora ramorum) that has been detected in 14 coastal counties in California (Monterey to Humboldt). Douglas fir trees are a known host of the disease.
The regulation applies to approximately 150 square miles of Curry County – an area roughly 17 miles north of the California/Oregon border—including the town of Brookings—and more than 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean..
Other species of Christmas trees entering California on Highway 101 will likely be permitted if brought by individuals.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814