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Support Your Local Firewood

June 12th, 2015

Support Your Local Firewood

Ever crossed a state or even national boarder and had your fruit and vegetables checked?  One reason for border patrol pawing through your food is to detect possible hitchhiking critters.  As a law-abiding citizen, no doubt you complied with a friendly, “Yes, Officer” and hauled out all the suspicious produce.

The manpower to enforce such laws for trees is not available, so as stewards of our forests its up to all of us to become educated about keeping trees healthy.  A simple step to this end is:  don’t move firewood.  Keep it local, use firewood sold locally at campgrounds, buy local wood, and make sure all the wood you buy from a remote source has been properly treated.

Wood-boring insects that live and reproduce in cut wood are the enemy of trees.  They can take up residence near many types of wood, but the most recent outbreaks have involved the mountain pine beetle, spruce beetle and emerald ash-borer.  If you live in a region that grows any of these trees, the boring insects are a threat.

The latest campaign to keep firewood local has been promoted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, after an emerald ash borer showed up in the state.

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