Emily Russell, August 6, 2020
TAMMARA VAN RYN: There are absolutely things people can do. The Emerald Ash Borer itself is not a very effective flyer. It is not going to travel very long distances on its own. It hitchhikes along with humans. So, a lot of the way that Emerald Ash Borer gets transported is with firewood. While the state regulations may be that you shouldn’t transport firewood more than 50 miles, if you’re in that area— Warren County along the Schroon River— please, don’t take firewood from there and then drive it 50 miles into the park.
Invasive hitchhikers in general, they’re very effective at having humans help them along. So, those of us recreating in the area can always do our part to make sure, on all invasives, we clean our boots, we wash our boats, we don’t move firewood. It’s really up to us to stop the spread of these invasives.