Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

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Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar) is an invasive insect which attacks and eats the leaves of over 300 different trees and shrubs. It is a serious threat to BC’s fruit industry including blueberry, cherry and apple production.

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Moving firewood can spread invasive species and diseases that can severely impact our environment and economy.

BC’s forests are threatened by non-native insects that can damage large numbers of trees, and new infestations of harmful insects and diseases are often first found in campgrounds and parks.

Two examples of introduced insects – Spongy moth and Asian longhorned beetle (PDF poster) – are wood-infesting species that can be transported long distances in firewood. Once transported into new areas, these insects can become established and damage local trees. It’s important that we work together to stop the spread of these insects and protect our forests and trees.

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Don’t Move Firewood

Instead, only buy or burn local firewood. Moving firewood, to or from a campground or cabin, can spread invasive species and diseases that can destroy our forests and harm our air and water. Protect our forests by keeping firewood local.

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Help Stop the Spread

1. Buy it Local Buy firewood at or near your destination to ensure that you are not introducing invasive pests or diseases.
2. Burn it Local If you accidentally brought any non-local firewood with you, use it first and burn it completely. It’s always safest to burn local firewood only!
3. Leave it Local If you have firewood left over from your stay, leave it behind for the next visitor. Avoid transporting firewood long distances.

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