When you get firewood, get it from the local area. Ideally, you should purchase firewood that comes from only a few miles away from your campsite. Turns out that firewood can transport nuisance species.

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Burn it where you buy it.

Small insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long Horned beetle can devastate a forest. Both species have been, and can be, transported in firewood.

Never take firewood with you – always buy it near where you will burn it.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed over 50 million ash trees in sixteen States and Provinces. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is less selective but equally as destructive; it will attack birch, chestnut, green ash, willow, mulberry, and maple as well as other varieties. After being accidentally introduced in the 1990's, Asian Longhorned Beetles are now found throughout the US and Canada. In New York City alone, over 4,000 trees have been removed due to infestation. Officials are keeping their eyes on 66,000 more.

Many states now restrict the import of certain, but not all, types of firewood. Many states recommend buying firewood locally. Heed the recommendation. Plan ahead; find a source for firewood at your destination.

Forests are important for our fish. Trees keep sediment and pollution out of rivers. Trees help to maintain cooler water temperatures. Trees stabilize banks. Trees' roots often become habitat for fish. Their leaves, when they drop, become food for invertebrates. Invertebrates, when they grow, become food for fish.

Emerald Ash Borers and Asian Longhorn beetles have taken more than their share of trees out of the environment. Get your firewood locally. You'll be helping to prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borers and Asian Longhorned Beetles. You'll save a few trees and will be doing your fish a favor as well.

 

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