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Buy local, burn local – Pests in your firewood can destroy our forests

July 2019

Logs and an emerald ash borer pest

As you head out camping or pack up the car and trailer for your trip to the cottage, think twice before loading up your firewood. Moving untreated firewood, even just a few kilometers to or from a campground or cottage, is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread.

The emerald ash borer, for example, has destroyed more than 10 million ash trees in Canada and it didn't accomplish this feat alone. While this small, green pest can travel only short distances on its own, hiding in firewood it can travel hundreds of kilometers.

Stop these invasive pests from hitching a ride this summer. Don't move firewood. Buy and burn it locally. You should educate yourself about invasive species threatening trees in your area or destination and follow all rules and regulations related to moving firewood and other wood products. Learn more about the rules for moving firewood and how you can prevent the spread of invasive species.

Whether it is clean air, timber for building materials or being cuddled up in front of a log fire – the benefits of trees are endless when it comes to the environment, the economy and the health and well-being of Canadians. That is why it is important that we each play our role in protecting our forests from invasive pests.

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