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Using Firewood in Regions with Emerald Ash Borer Infestations

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Using Firewood in Regions with Emerald Ash Borer Infestations

Emerald Ash Borer Damage

James W. Smith, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

Firewood, the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle:

Transporting firewood presents a very real threat to the Nation’s forests by spreading harmful tree insects. Invasive species including the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) and emerald ash borer (EAB) can be carried into new areas of the country on firewood.

To date, ALB and EAB have been detected in a total of 13 States and without intervention the continued spread of these pests is likely. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is concerned and developing strategies to help limit the insect's spread.

"Burning Where You Buy":

To this end, APHIS is combating invasive insect pests with quarantines, public awareness campaigns and other efforts in known infested areas. Some States have adopted regulations limiting the movement of firewood.

By committing to not move firewood from where it is cut, firewood operators and users can make a difference. Firewood users can be sure that they’re not accidentally moving these damaging forest pests into new areas when practicing "burning where you buy it”.

Moving Firewood is Restricted in Quarantined Areas:

Moving firewood and other ash wood materials in areas infested with emerald ash borer is regulated by the infested states and federal government. There are 12 states with quarantines with various regulations. In Canada it is illegal to transport specific materials including any ash material and firewood of all species from specific areas of Ontario and Quebec.

Check out Emeraldashborer.info for information on states and provinces with quarantines.

Firewood Tips to Prevent Insect Spread:

Here are some simple steps developed by APHIS to help you avoid moving invasive pests in firewood:

* Buy it at your destination and only purchase local firewood. Many recreational areas have firewood for sale. Inquire when you make your reservations.
* Ask questions about the firewood you purchase—where did it come from? Always buy firewood that was cut locally.
* When you do purchase firewood at your destination, burn it all—don't take it back home with you.

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