Protect America's Forests - Don't Move Firewood

Adult emerald ash borer.


This camping and hunting season… get your firewood from a seller close to your destination. Don't pack your own firewood for use at your campsite or cabin. Unfortunately, our native trees and forests are being threatened by invasive insects and diseases that live in dead and dying wood. In many cases, these pests are being accidentally spread to new locations by people moving firewood from one location to another.

See a great cartoon about forest pests!

Ozark National Scenic Riverways has a Firewood Movement Restriction Program in place. If you are planning to visit the park, buy firewood locally (within a 50 mile radius of your destination) or "dead and down" firewood can be collected within the park.

Emerald ash borer larva. They burrow under the bark and kill trees.


The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from Asia is one example of a pest being moved in firewood. The Emerald Ash Borer is responsible for over 20 million dead and dying ash trees in Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ontario and Quebec. This tiny insect has caused millions of dollars of damage to homeowners' trees, nursery stock, landscape tress in cities and towns, as well as in parks and forests.

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Last updated: December 18, 2017

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