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In an effort to help Pennsylvania businesses more easily navigate the permitting process, the Department of Agriculture will offer 31 in-person Spotted Lanternfly permit classes throughout the 14-county quarantine zone. Classes will be held from Aug. 15 through Dec. 18.

Businesses that operate within the quarantined counties, and those that cross through in transit, are required to have a permit demonstrating that they know how to recognize the destructive pest and keep from spreading it to new areas.

Training classes are free and a permit is issued to those who successfully complete the two-hour class. To register, contact PDA at 717-787-5674 or slfpermit@pa.gov.

Quarantined counties are Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill.

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