If you plan to go camping in a neighboring state, leave that cut-and-dried firewood at home. If you pick up wood at a campground, burn it there or leave it there.
Yesterday, Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff announced a ban on importing out-of-state firewood, part of an all out effort to prevent the spread of exotic invasive pests like the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, Sirex wood wasp and bark beetles.
"Invasive pests can have a detrimental effect on Pennsylvania's hardwoods and nursery industries," says Wolff. "One of the easiest ways for these pests to spread is by people unintentionally moving infested products. That's why we've decided to reduce the opportunity for accidental spread by limiting the transfer of certain wood products."
The movement of all firewood types and species into Pennsylvania is prohibited. That includes all wood processed or unprocessed, coniferous or hardwood, meant for use in a campfire or other outdoor or indoor fire.
Kiln-dried, packaged firewood clearly marked with the producer's name and address and labeled as "kiln dried" and/or "USDA Certified" are exempt from the quarantine.
The recent detection of emerald ash borer in western Pennsylvania forced the action. There are no simple ways to get rid of the Emerald Ash Borer other than removing and destroying infested trees. There are no effective insecticidal sprays, preventative treatments or natural enemies to suppress populations.
For more information about the quarantine, call 717-772-5205. For more information about Emerald Ash Borer, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us/emeraldashborer or call 717-772-5229.