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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


    1. Kurt says:

      So what if it is? Are we supposed to police the movement of insects and species around the world as well? It’s nature and for some reason we humans feel as if some other animal inconveniences us, it’s wrong.

  2. RFozzy says:

    The problem with this issue is that most areas that sell firewood are using this as an excuse to ob campers blind… 5 very small piecs of wood for $5-$6 a bundle. This burns for maybe an hour… So what happens to the rest of the time that you are camping? We burn a fire every day for about 6-8 hours while camping. We cook on it and use it for warmth (in the cooler weather) and socializing… Therefore we (and most campers we know) tend to go through alot of wood! We figured that one night would cost us about $100 in wood if we bought it fromt he campground. But if you read and learn about where the emeral ash beetle is actually a problem… It states that you cannot REMOVE wood from those areas… It does not state that you cannot bring wood into that area to burn. But most entrepeneurs are using it as an excuse to gouge the consumer in another method… Firewood…

    1. M. Sully says:


      Q: What can I do to help?
      A: Help spread the word. DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD OUT OF PRINCE GEORGE’S OR CHARLES COUNTIES. In the Midwest, most new infestations have taken place because people have unknowingly taken pest-infested firewood to other locations. Prince George’s and Charles County residents should consider buying firewood locally to help vendors in the quarantined areas who can’t sell their product elsewhere in Maryland. If you have a vacation destination out of the Quarantine Area, leave your firewood at home!

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