BC's forests are threatened by non-native insects that can kill large numbers of trees, and new infestations of tree-killing insects and diseases are often first found in campgrounds and parks. Two examples of introduced insects—emerald ash borer 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 kill local trees. One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood.
It's important that we work together to stop the spread of these insects and protect our forests and trees. Forests are places where one generation teaches the next about nature and life. A place of traditions and continuity down through the generations.
How you can help:
- Leave firewood at home—don't transport it to campgrounds or parks.
- Use firewood from local sources—the wood was cut within 50 miles of where you'll have your fire.
- If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.
Learn about Play Clean Go and a few steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species while camping and enjoying the outdoors.
Discover videos, FAQs, and other links on the ‘Don’t Move Firewood’ website. This online resource was initiated by the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases, a group of organizations and individuals that collaborate and take actions that address the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and diseases. The website is owned by The Nature Conservancy as part of its efforts to support the actions of the Continental Dialogue.