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Old 03-01-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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bringing along firewood??

Here in Wi we have an infestation of "emerald ash borers" a nasty beetle that wreaks havoc on trees so to try to stem the problem - campers cannot bring in firewood from more than 25 miles from their campsite. This is largely "on your honor" but hopefully people will comply. My question is are other states experiencing this problem? I have no problem buying campfire wood $3 -$4 per bundle and usually bring along my own kindling from my workshop (bug free).
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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Washington State Parks have signs up asking you not to move firewood, buy it locally, to prevent the spread of disease.
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Indiana State Parks have had the same rules as Wisconsin for several years due to the Emerald Ash Borer.

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Old 03-01-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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Oregon State Parks have just recently posted the same info:
Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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I don't bring firewood because I tow my 13 Scamp with a 4CYL Escape.
It has been my experience that those rigs which yield the best MPG are also most sensitive to weight and weather. Since I have moved to my new house, I now have a gas log in the fireplace and no wood pile.
I guess what I am saying is that I have paid little attention since this whole "Ash Borer" thing began over a decade ago, since it is little sacrifice for me to buy my firewood locally.
One thing I am certain of however, is that long after the "Ash Borer" has been declared an endangered species and subsequently extinct....
The law will still be in effect!
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Here in SE Michigan the ash borer has devastated the ash trees. I must have lost 10 trees on my lot alone. It is deadly serious, please don't contribute to its spread.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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Our state parks website asks people to not bring firewood form out of state. We don't have it here yet. Dutch Elm has caused a lot of elm trees to come down. I see vast areas of dead trees in a local river valley caused by that.
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I'm glad to hear others are abiding by the rules. I never thought of getting a "gas log" but sounds good. I hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail last year and couldn't believe the number of dead trees due to pollution. Between that and invasive species like the EAB, what will our forests look like in 20 yrs.??
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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I suspect it is pretty much the same all over. In NY there is a 50 mile limit on moving firewood unless it is kiln dried. We are awaiting the Emerald Ash Borer, and since I have about 40 ash trees on my 1 acre lot, I'm not a happy puppy. At least I can look forward to lots of firewood for the wood stove...
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Here in Mn the rule applies too. However, when buying wood at the Holiday gas stations in Mn, it seems to all be coming from the same place up north. The company packs it and sends it all over the state. We are paying for wood that is shipped in from northern Mn, I bought it in New Ulm and Monticello and here in Mpls. I think there is a scam going on to some degree. I believe in buying locally and avoiding spread of desease, but buying shipped in wood seems a little like ca-ching for the wood cutters up north. In a state park we must buy their wood, but yep, it is shipped in.
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If it's the Emerald "Ash" Borer , why can't you move Oak, elm, birch, maple, pine,etc? The website says it only infests Ash trees.
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That's a good point, floyd.

Here in the south, we have the pine beetles. They can really do a job on the pine trees. So far, I haven't seen or heard any laws concerning moving firewood,though. Of course, most people use hard wood for their fires if they're smart
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I bring all scrap untreated wood from home, 2x4 etc. I don't think there is any harm done. 2x4x8 for $2 is sometimes less expensive than firewood acquired at a campground.

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If it's the Emerald "Ash" Borer , why can't you move Oak, elm, birch, maple, pine,etc? The website says it only infests Ash trees.
My guess is that the average person can't tell an oak from a spruce when living. Dead cut wood is even more mysterious.
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