Don’t Move Firewood

Transporting raw wood is an important means of introduction of new and damaging pests as noted with Thousand Cankers Disease. The two largest insect pest risks to Colorado’s forests are emerald ash borer (EAB) and gypsy moth. Both are commonly transported in firewood. The public’s behavior can help, or cause greater risks.

The public should only burn wood from local sources (“buy it where you burn it”). Asking questions before purchase is important. Good questions to ask are:

  • Where was this wood cut? Wood should not be brought in from other states, nor transported from distant cities.
  • Is local wood available for purchase? Look for Colorado Forest Products logo which means 50% of wood is from Colorado forests.
  • Can I buy firewood at my camping destination? Leave wood not burned in place.
  • Is this wood treated – kiln dried or debarked? Firewood should be dry and ready to burn. Bark should be off easily and be removed before transplanting.
  • What tree species is this wood? Ash is high risk because of emerald ash borer.
  • For more information, see CSUfact sheet: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/Emerald_borer.pdf

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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013