Firewood and the Emerald Ash Borer
Moving firewood throughout the state of Missouri can unintentionally put our trees, and the woodlands and forests they create, at risk. Exotic, destructive pests are killing millions of trees each year throughout North America and have moved into Missouri. The emerald ash borer (EAB), which quickly infests and causes the mortality of ash trees, has greatly reduced our ash trees in urban and wilderness settings. The spread of EAB and other forest pests has been directly attributed to the movement of wood products, especially firewood. Because of this, the movement of ash wood products and hardwood firewood from EAB infested areas is restricted under the federal EAB quarantine. For more information about how to protect our trees, forests and state parks, visit www.dontmovefirewood.org.
How Can I Help
To make sure you do not help emerald ash borer and other exotic forest pests spread throughout our parks and state, and to help protect our trees, buy your firewood locally at or near your camping destination. Most state parks have firewood for purchase so take advantage of this convenient service. Make sure you burn all of your firewood on-site while camping and do not take firewood home with you as it may spread unwanted pests to your local community.