No Out-Of-State Firewood

Winter is finally over and summer is just around the corner. Warm sunny days induce a need to get outside, to “go up to camp”. What’s the first thing you want to do when you get to camp? Build a camp fire. That’s all well and good as long as the firewood you use was obtained locally. If the wood came from out of state, there could be a problem. Invasive insects may be hitching a ride on the wood or under the bark. Insects, such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorn Beetle, have already been found as close as Massachusetts and they would love to get into Maine. These insects could raise havoc with our shade trees and forests for generations to come. If you, or someone you know, has seasonal property here in Maine, please try to make sure that no firewood comes in from out of state. If it happens by accident, try to make sure the wood is burned up completely, immediately, including the scraps in the wood box, to get rid of any bugs. Hopefully, with your help, we can keep these bugs at bay until a more effective means is found of keeping them under control.

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