Don’t Move Firewood
An important message from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service…
Moving firewood can spread insects and diseases that kill trees.
Please . . . Buy firewood where you camp!
Firewood carries insects and disease that kill trees.
- 100,000,000 elms killed by Dutch elm disease
- 30,000 hardwoods already destroyed to control the Asian longhorned beetle
- 20,000,000 ash killed by the emerald ash borer
Why is moving firewood such a bad idea?
Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These insects and diseases can’t move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control.
Purchase locally harvested firewood at your destination rather than bringing any with you. This has the added benefits of saving you money through increased fuel economy (loading your car up with heavy cargo—logs being the perfect example—can cut fuel efficiency and end up costing you at the gas pump).
Connecticut campgrounds are following the lead of other states in prohibiting non-local firewood from being brought into CT campgrounds. You may purchase firewood from Strawberry Park or other local providers after you have checked in. However, the only way to ensure that wood arriving with you at the gate is local:
NO NON-LOCAL FIREWOOD!! YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER WITH ANY FIREWOOD IN YOUR VEHICLE
Transporting wood can also transport invasive pests like the Asian longhorn beetle. These unappealing imports can then infest forests and decimate tree populations, and have caused major damage as close as 40 miles from Strawberry Park.
For more information, visit the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection at CT DEP