“Don’t move firewood when camping, DEC warns,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise
October 2, 2020
October is National Firewood Awareness Month, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding campers to prevent the spread of invasive species by following firewood requirements when obtaining wood for campfires.
Many people take wood from their properties as they head out to camp, but most don’t realize their wood may be hiding the eggs, larvae, spores, adults or even seeds of invasive threats. Transporting infested firewood allows invasive animals and plants to spread farther and faster than they could or would have on their own.
Invasives that can be transported on firewood include Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, Asian gypsy moth, light brown apple moth and brown spruce longhorned beetle.