WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re camping over the Memorial Day weekend, you can help stop the spread of a pest killing ash trees by not taking firewood with you.
The emerald ash borer beetle doesn’t travel far on its own, but can live in cut firewood. It’s spread across 14 states, including Maryland, as people have moved infested firewood. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says one of the main ways to stop the beetle’s spread is to simply not to move firewood. Buying kiln-dried firewood and reporting signs of infestation can also help.
The USDA has declared the week leading up to Memorial Day as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness week to help stop its spread.
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