This provides protection to the county by regulatory control through quarantines to prevent the introduction of pests that are not known to exist or are of very limited distribution in the county. Plant material is inspected at the Post Office, United Parcel Service centers, Federal Express centers and the bus depot. Shipments sent to nurseries, landscape planting sites, parks and grain mills are also inspected for pests. To facilitate the shipment of agricultural products out of Sonoma County, phytosanitary certificates are issued for agricultural commodities, which have been inspected for pests and diseases and verified to meet the plant quarantine requirements of the receiving county, state, or country.
Phytosanitary Certificates for Exporting Plant Related Commodities
Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System (PCIT)
Updated October 22, 2009
Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (GWSS)
Sudden Oak Death (SOD)
Sudden Oak Death is a fungus-like organism that affects a wide variety of plants such as coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia), redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), rhododendron sp., camellia sp., bay laurel (Umbellularia californica), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western starflower (Trientalis latifolia), madrone (Arbutus menziesii). Sonoma County is generally infested with the disease, and it is primarily found in the native woodland and rural areas within the county. Our office is responsible for helping to prevent the artificial movement of the disease out of the regulated area. Anyone moving host plant material outside of the regulated area must contact our office to have the plants inspected and certified prior to shipment.