The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking that anyone thinking of summer travel and camping "help prevent the introduction
and spread of destructive wood pests, like the Asian
Longhorned Beetle... by buying and burning firewood near their
vacation or camping destination," according to a release.
insects often spend a portion of their lifecycle as larvae inside the
trunk and branches of trees and folks transporting infested firewood
from one location to another may unknowingly move
insect pests,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee, also in the release "Purchasing firewood
locally rather than transporting it from home is a best management
practice that reduces the risk of spread of these destructive
State Entomologist Dr. Kirby Stafford of the New Haven-based Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, also noted: “We continue to see adverse impacts on our trees and forests by introduced insect pests such as the hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, winter moth, and most recently, the southern pine beetle.”
“Buying and burning firewood locally is one way
Connecticut’s citizens and visitors can help prevent the introduction or
spread of some of these exotic, destructive insects," Stafford said in the release.
is currently the greatest – but not the only – threat to the trees of
Connecticut. The nearest infestation is within 30 miles of our border
with Massachusetts, where
Federal and State agricultural and forestry officials continue to eradicate the ALB infestation within a110 square mile quarantine zone
in Worcester and surrounding towns. This effort
has resulted in the cutting of more than 34,000 trees, and since
October 2008 has cost the U.S. Department of Agriculture over $146
million. In New York,
137 square miles
are under ALB regulation which includes the New York City boroughs of
Brooklyn and Queens, and a portion of central Long Island.
Also in the release (shared unedited here):
Emerald Ash Borer
Another danger to
the trees of our state is posed by the Emerald Ash Borer. As a result
of the presence of this beetle throughout much of Connecticut, there are
restrictions on moving untreated firewood out-of
state to New York and Rhode Island. Most New England State campgrounds
and National Forest and Park campgrounds prohibit out-of state firewood.
In addition to firewood confiscation, violators could face steep fines.
The DEEP and CAES recommend the following steps to prevent wood movement:
Purchase all firewood near your camp or seasonal home destination instead of bringing it from home.
Burn all wood purchased at your camp or seasonal home destination and do not carry it back home with you.
participating in a national program that seeks to heighten public
awareness regarding the environmental dangers of moving firewood over
long distances. This includes all wood intended to be burned
including pine now that Southern Pine beetle has been discovered in
Connecticut this past March. For more information, visit the
Don't Move Firewood website.
RECOMMENDATIONS IF PEOPLE SUSPECT ALB INFESTATION IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD
HISTORY OF ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE
The Asian Longhorned
Beetle (ALB) was first discovered attacking trees in the United States
in New York City in 1996. ALB probably travelled to the United States
inside solid wood packing material from China.
The beetle has been intercepted at ports of entry and found in
warehouses in various locations around the United States.
This beetle is a
serious pest in China, where it kills hardwood trees. In the United
States, the beetle prefers maple species including boxelder, Norway,
red, silver and sugar maples. Other native preferred
tree species include the birches, elms, horse chestnut, and willows.
Currently the only
effective way to eradicate ALB is to remove infested trees and destroy
them by chipping or burning. To prevent further spread of the insect,
quarantines are established to regulate movement
of articles that could carry lifestages of the pest including all
firewood. Early detection of infestations and rapid response are crucial
to successful eradication of the beetle.
United States Department of Agriculture
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