When you go camping it is tempting to just bring firewood from home to the campsite. However, moving firewood more than 50 miles can place our forests at risk of disease and new infestations by tree-killing insects. These infestations can not only destroy our forests, but may also bring down property values and cost huge sums of money to control.
Why are non-native insects and diseases so much worse than the native ones?
The Don’t Move Firewood website (www.dontmovefirewood.org) gives this explanation:
Native trees have defenses against the insects and diseases that they’ve been living with for millions of years. Likewise, native predators eat native insects and keeps their numbers in check. Non-native insects and diseases have no predators in their homes, and the tree have no natural defenses against them.
Because these foreign bugs don’t have anything stopping them, they reproduce really fast and become out of control, killing trees in their wake.
How far is too far to safely move firewood?
For the most part, over 50 miles is too far and 10 miles or less is best. Many states have rules and regulations for transporting wood.
Visit www.dontmovefirewood.org for more information and to find state by state information.
Don’t bring firewood from your home to your campsite.
And don’t bring firewood you bought near your campsite back to your home.
Buy it where you’ll burn it!
I’ll see ya by the campfire.