DID YOU KNOW?
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 - Gypsy 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.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is stopping moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood.
DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD
Buy It Where You Burn It
Buy it local - Buy firewood at or near your destination to ensure that you are not introducing invasive pests or diseases.
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!
Leave it local – If you have firewood left over from your stay, leave it behind for the next visitor. Avoid transporting firewood long distances.
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.
TOGETHER WE CAN STOP THE SPREAD
Don't Move Firewood resources for download:
- Don't Move Firewood Rack Card (coming soon)
EAB photo credit: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org