Transporting firewood spreads invasive beetles Credit National Park Service

Research Foresters from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center were in Kansas recently conducting inventories of Ash Trees on Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ parks and campgrounds.

Billions of Ash Trees in the United States are under attack by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that kills the trees. In May, Research Foresters were at Corps projects in Kansas to set traps for Emerald Ash Borers. The traps will help the researchers determine whether the beetle has reached Corps projects in Kansas.

Ash Borer populations are often spread by the transportation of ash tree wood used for firewood. The Corps of Engineers ask that you not bring firewood from ash trees into Corps of Engineers parks or campgrounds as the wood could contain the beetles and spread it to other Ash Tree populations.

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