Don't Move Firewood

 

Stop the Spread of Tree-Destroying Insects and Diseases

 

Leave Your Firewood Where It Belongs - AT HOME!

 

Virginia' forests are threatened by non-native insects and diseases

that can kill largenumbers of trees. Three recently introduced insects

- emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and Sirex woodwasp

- are woood-infesting species that can be transported long distances

in firewood. Likewise, oakwilt and other diseases can be spread

through firewood.

 

The gypsy moth, already well established in much of Virginia, can

be spread over great distances when it lays its eggs on firewood that

is moved across state boundaries.

 

Once transported into new areas, these insects and diseases can be-

come established and kill local trees. We must STOP THE SPREAD

of these insects and diseases and protect our forestss and trees.

 

How can you help:

 

1) Do not transport firewood across state lines or into campgrounds,

park or forests.

 

2) Use firewood from from local sources only. Resist the urge to

"bring some from home."

 

3) If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your

campsite. Do not tranport it elsewhere.

 

For more information,

contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office at

 

www.ext.vt.edu/offices

 

or contact the Virginia Department of Forestry office at

 

www.dof.virginia.gov/

 

For additional information, visit the following websites:

 

www.emeraldashborer.info

www.aphi.usda.gov/ppq/ep

www.fs.fed.us/r8/foresthealth/

 

 

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