We are certain you or someone you know has camped out this summer or plans to do so soon. It’s hard to resist the beauty of a campfire, or a fireplace fire for that matter.
But, consumer diligence to protect the wood supply is very important if future generations are to enjoy their own recreational fires at home or on campgrounds.
The fact is that a growing number of pests threaten our forests, but only with the help of humans, who are often the unwitting accomplices in the spread of invasive tree pests.
DontMoveFirewood.org is a great resource for better understanding the threat posed by pests and the important role we can play in dramatically reducing the threat.
The bottom line is that the firewood you plan to burn should be local, which means in should come from your community. Ideally, it’s wood that was harvested within 10 miles of your fire site, but definitely no more than 50 miles away.
Burning local means you won’t be introducing a new pest to a new environment, possibly creating new infestations with the potential to ruin healthy forests.
So if you are planning a camping trip, don’t take firewood with you. Buy it at a location near your campsite.
Similarly, homeowners looking to start their wood stockpile for the upcoming heating season shouldn’t travel three or four counties away to save a couple of dollars on bundle of wood. Buy close to home.
And don’t be fooled by the idea that your wood looks safe. The larvae of many insect pests are too small for the naked eye to catch.
The National Firewood Association can help you locate a reliable, local firewood seller. And before you burn any wood in your fireplace this upcoming season, be sure to schedule your annual chimney inspection with a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.