Trees are being destroyed through the transportation of invasive insects & diseases in firewood. To make sure invasive insects are not spread on firewood, use firewood from local sources. In other words, buy it where you plan to burn it.
One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is to stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood. It's really that simple- don't move firewood, and keep trees healthy and alive. Forests are great places to play, but they also keep our air clean and our water pure. We must protect them by not moving firewood, so our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids can enjoy these amazing places in the future.
Washington forests are in jeopardy from the transportation of invasive insects and diseases in firewood. New infestations of tree-killing insects and diseases often are first found in campgrounds and parks. Invasive pests live in wood, and when you pack it up and transport it to your camping destination, you run the risk of invasive bugs crawling out and infesting trees nearby. Once certain invasive insects take hold it can be devastating to forests and outdoor recreation sites. Don't risk it. Leave your firewood at home, and then buy new wood near to where you'll burn it. Protect the places you love by not moving firewood.
Even a small insect, such as the Emerald Ash borer, can devastate Washington forests. Their impacts could jeopardize forest economies and favorite outdoor recreation sites. Instead of tall groves, imagine tree stumps. Small pests can make big impacts.
What You Can Do
Last updated: December 14, 2017