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In The News

September 6, 2012

USDA urges outdoor enthusiasts to help stop the spread of forest pests

Washington, D.C. (August 30, 2012) — As the summer traveling season draws to a close, millions of Americans will hit the road for a final family vacation before the kids head back to school. While national parks and campgrounds will once again prove to be a popular destination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging outdoor enthusiasts to help stop the spread of invasive pests by leaving firewood behind.

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July 23, 2012

Make it a pest-free July 4th, urges USDA; be aware of the risks of moving firewood

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2012) — Over 35 million Americans will travel by automobile for the July 4th holiday, according to AAA estimates. Since most will travel more than 50 miles from home, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cautions travelers, “Don’t pack a pest, leave firewood behind.”

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July 22, 2012

Washington, D.C. (May 20, 2012) — It’s a simple plea that could protect countless numbers of ash trees from a devastating pest: Don’t move firewood.

Firewood might look harmless, but it’s what you can’t see that is most concerning. The emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle is a devastating forest pest. It lives in firewood. People unknowingly contribute to the spread of this pest when they move EAB-infested firewood.

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May 20, 2011

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2011) – May 22 to 28, 2011, is Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Awareness Week and the public is being asked to not move firewood as part of the campaign.

Federal and state agencies are fighting to protect the nation’s ash trees from the EAB, a small but destructive beetle that has killed tens of millions of these trees since being detected in 2002 in Michigan. Typically, the EAB does not travel far on its own; it’s known as a hitchhiker catching rides in cut wood.

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January 12, 2011

Washington, D.C. - May 23 to 29, 2010, has been designated Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Beetle Awareness Week and the public is being asked not to move firewood.

Federal and State agencies are waging war against the EAB, a small but destructive beetle that already has killed tens of millions of ash trees since being detected in 2002. Typically EAB does not travel far on its own, but it can live in cut wood and it has spread across 14 states, because people have moved EAB-infested firewood.

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