The Kitsap County botanical garden found to have a P. ramorum-positive Pieris plant in April had additional positive plants found in May during the delimitation survey. All infected plants were destroyed and trace-back investigations are underway. The facility will undergo a Critical Control Point Assessment (CCPA) at which time best management practice (BMP) mitigations will be identified for implementation. The BMPs will be enforced through a state compliance agreement. Federal regulatory oversight will continue to ensure the pathogen is being managed effectively.

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