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10-10-2009, 22:13
While visiting SNP park today I noticed several information kiosks are already informing campers visiting Shenandoah next year to leave their firewood at home.

This is no surprise as this past summer we heard all about the Emerald Ash Borer , an Asian insect with its destructive nature on American Ash trees.

The good news here is the insect which found its way to North America in the late '90s has not yet been detected in Shenandoah National Park.

The Emerald Ash Borer has become a problem in some northern states including Michigan were the insect was first identified as a threat .

It will be interesting next spring to watch how aggressively SNP and other eastern parks enforce the transportation of wood inside their parks boundaries.

I understand perfectly the need for due diligence on this matter after today standing at overlook after overlook admiring the Autumn leaves in all their glory.

Hopefully , we can eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer by limiting its feeding environment.

TJ aka Teej
10-11-2009, 10:30
Baxter Park is doing the same thing.

10-11-2009, 11:22
In the northeast the concern is the Asian Longhorn Beetle. There is an infestation in and adjacent to Worcester, MA. Restrictions are being placed on moving untreated wood any significant distance to try to limit the spread. Parts of northern Worcester are devastated. Between the December ice storm and tree removal for the beetle, streets that were tree lined a year ago are bare now. The preferred host is maple trees, and if the spread is not stopped there will be no more maples in New England.

One concern that the feds have is that Worcester residents with summer homes may have moved wood from Worcester to their summer home. They're checking deeds in NH and if the owner lives near Worcester, they're inspecting any firewood at the summer home.

10-12-2009, 01:38
I can' recall right at this moment where I read it, [perhaps the Michigan DNR website]; but, it appears the Emerald Ash Borer is so destructive, there is talk that the the Ash tree is headed for extinction.:(

10-12-2009, 05:12
Baxter Park is doing the same thing.

All wood? How is the wording?

10-12-2009, 08:30
Actually, signs restricting "foreign" wood from coming into SNP went up in 2008 at the entrance stations and elsewhere.

The cynical immediately called foul, saying it was just a ploy to get visitors to buy expensive wood in small packs from the campgrounds and campstores. But there really is a legitimate reason for it, as shown in other posts here.

There is plenty of wood suitable for legal campfires already dead and down in the Park so it should not be necessary to bring in wood from outside. You might not always find it right beside overnight huts or in close proximity to the car-camping campgrounds, but you can sure find it almost everywhere else with some modest effort.

Old Grouse
10-12-2009, 09:20
I've never found Emerald's posts boring. I have no comment on his ash.

10-12-2009, 10:52
All wood? How is the wording?
The wording and policy varies from state to state.
Wood can be treated, I think by heat. Fines and penalties for violating the rules vary.

Taking firewood out of Worcester, MA, has hefty penalties.
Live beetles, firewood, lumber or any infested host tree branch, twig, stump or other woody material cannot be moved out of the area. Carrying away timber without authority carries a maximum sentence of up to 6 months in jail or a fine of up to $500.

For the Asian Longhorned Beetle:
What is a host tree?
In the United States, the beetle prefers maple species including boxelder, Norway, red, silver and sugar maples. Other preferred hosts are birches, Ohio buckeye, elms, horse-chestnut and willows. Occasional to rare hosts include ashes, European mountain ash, London plantree, mimosa and poplars.

From Baxter's website:
Do not bring firewood from outside the state of Maine.
Buy firewood from a local source where you camp.
Do not transport firewood distances greater than 50 miles, even within Maine.
If youíve already transported firewood, donít leave it or bring it home Ė burn it!

Maine Forest Service Issues Firewood Warning

May 18, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine - Campers heading to their favorite Maine campsites this Memorial Day weekend - and to any Maine campsite this season - are being reminded: Leave Your Firewood At Home!

The Maine Forest Service warns that invasive insects that could destroy Maine forests can be carried in firewood from one location to another.

Campers should buy firewood at their camping destination, instead of carrying it with them, according to MFS Forest Entomologist Charlene Donohue.

"I can't begin to emphasize how important this is," Donohue said Monday. "There are several dangerous species that can destroy Maine trees, such as maples and ashes. That destruction not only could kill our forests, but also affect our important forest and tourism industries."

"All campers, especially our out-of-state visitors, can do a lot to preserve our woods heritage and our economy by following this simple suggestion," she stressed.

Campers at state parks, particularly those from other states, will be asked about their firewood, Tom Morrison, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands operations and maintenance director, said Monday. Signs warning of the problem also will be posted at the parks this summer, he said.

One highly dangerous insect - the Asian longhorned beetle - already is too close to Maine, Donohue said. This beetle, which kills maples, birches, poplars, willows and other tree species, already has been found in Worcester, Mass., as well as in New York, New Jersey and Toronto, Canada.

A federal quarantine is in place, prohibiting the transportation of firewood across quarantine lines, the MFS entomologist said.

"If this nasty bug ever gets established in Maine, it could destroy our maple sugar industry and our foliage tourism industry," Donohue warned. "This is serious business."

Invasive species can lodge in, on or under firewood bark, or be deep within the wood, the entomologist said. The insects often can't be seen in the wood. Infected wood that is transported to "clean" locales, especially if it's left lying around for any length of time, can allow the spread of the bad bugs, she said.

Left alone, an invasive insect might spread only a few miles in one year, Donohue said. Carried in firewood, it can spread hundreds of miles in one year, she pointed out.

One of the most serious invasive bugs is the emerald ash borer, which has the potential to kill all ash trees in North America. Ash wood, in particular, is used to make baseball bats.

The emerald ash borer, which can kill a tree in three to five years, has killed millions of trees in the Midwest and has been found, as of 2008, in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Maryland and Ontario, Canada.

Just last week, state officials in Minnesota reported the presence of the emerald ash borer in that state. Three infested trees were found in a line of trees in front of some town houses in a St. Paul neighborhood.

Donohue has been giving firewood and invasive species training to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands staff people, Morrison said. Park staffers will be on the look-out regarding firewood, particularly that brought in by campers from areas where known insect problems exist, the BPL operations director said.

"We will be talking to campers, particularly campers from where there is a known problem," Morrison said. "If they bring in firewood, we will be asking them to burn it the first day."

Firewood will be available at most parks, Morrison said. Campers can buy it there or from local vendors, he said.

Donahue asks everyone to remember these four safety tips:

Use firewood you obtain locally;
Don't transport firewood more then 50 miles (e.g., across county lines, especially to second homes, such as summer houses, cottages, cabins and hunting shacks);
Don't take firewood home that you got elsewhere;
If you've already transported firewood, donít leave it or bring it home - burn it!
For more information,contact

Maine Forest Service Forest Entomologist Charlene Donahue at 287-3244 or email: [email protected]

Or call: Maine Forest Service Insect & Disease Lab at 287-2431 or email: [email protected]

Or go to: http://www.maine.gov/firewood or http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/ http://www.twincities.com/ci_12374493

10-12-2009, 18:12
Interesting. 50 miles. Wonder how far pulptrucks travel.