U.S. Forest Service: Don't move firewood

Aug 08, 2014
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ASHEVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service urges visitors to only use local wood in campfires when staying in a national forest. The agency encourages campers to obtain firewood from the forest itself (with a permit), from sources provided on the forest or from a nearby vendor.

The transportation of firewood can spread harmful, invasive insects, including the emerald ash borer and diseases like laurel wilt. These threats can eliminate entire tree species and adversely affect the health of our national forests.

Help prevent the spread of destructive bugs and diseases by following a few simple rules:

  • Leave firewood at home — do not transport it to campgrounds or parks.
  • Use firewood from local sources.
  • If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.