Firewood and the Emerald Ash Borer
Missouri’s forests are being threatened and you can help protect them. The emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in the northern, central and eastern United States, has been found in Missouri. The spread of EAB and other destructive forest pests has been directly attributed to the movement of wood products, especially firewood. Missouri is included in the federal EAB quarantine that restricts the movement of ash wood products and hardwood firewood. For more information about EAB and the quarantine, go to http://extension.missouri.edu/treepests/EmeraldAshBorer.aspx.
How You Can Help:
To make sure you do not unintentionally put trees at risk, buy your firewood locally at or near your camping destination. Most state parks provide firewood for purchase so take advantage of this service. Make sure you burn all of your firewood on-site and do not leave any for other campers.