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E-M:/ Campers Reminded to Not Move Firewood

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Campers Reminded to Not Move Firewood
Effort to Control Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

State recreation officials today reminded campers to help protect Michigan's forest by not bringing firewood from home when visiting a state park.

A DNR Land Use Order of the Director (LUOD) prohibits any movement of ash firewood onto DNR-managed lands and gives DNR staff the authority to confiscate ash and any deciduous wood from a quarantined area in an effort to help control the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has already impacted approximately 10 million ash trees in Michigan.

"We encourage state park visitors to obtain their firewood locally, either from concession sales within the park or from private firewood vendors located around the entrance to the park," said Ron Olson, Parks and Recreation Division chief. "It's very important for campers to do their part to help protect and preserve forests in state parks."

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has quarantined 20 counties and 16 outlier areas due to emerald ash borer infestation. The invasive pest has been discovered in several areas across the state,  including Mears State Park in Ottawa County and Young State Park in Charlevoix County.

Firewood entering all state parks will be inspected and ash wood will be confiscated and immediately burned by park staff. Firewood from any deciduous tree may not be moved from the quarantined areas.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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