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Old 03-10-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Reminder (Important)

As Spring quickly (hopefully) approaches and we emerge from our winter cocoons and start heading to BBQ comps, campgrounds, State Parks, etc. we need to be aware of the emergence of another species…a highly destructible and unwanted one at that. That would be the Emerald Ash Borer. Residents of, and anyone traveling into, the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Virginia need to be aware and or reminded of the quarantine that exists on the movement of all firewood into and out of these quarantined areas. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a highly destructive beetle who’s larva destroys from the inside out and the beetles feed on the leaves of Ash trees. The economic cost impact from EAB is estimated to be in excess of $20 billion in removal, impact to the lumber business, and forestry damage to name a few. Too much for today's economy or any other for that matter.

I encourage everyone to check out the following links to further educate themselves on the quarantines, the affected area, and the hefty fines for violation. The USDA and Motor Carrier enforcement are just a few of the agencies responsible for policing and enforcing these quarantines. For BBQ’ers, this means you need to find a local source of firewood for any comps you plan to attend in the quarantined areas and/or if these quarantined areas are on your route. Be safe...buy it local and don't move any firewood at all into, out of, or through the quarantined areas. Do not attempt to circumvent the quarantines as the enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts and may visit BBQ comps and check you at rest stops, campgrounds, etc.

http://www.emeraldashborer.info/firewood.cfm
http://www.emeraldashborer.info/
http://www.agri.ohio.gov/eab/

Also, be aware of a Gypsy Moth quarantine that is also in effect for a lot of the same area. Be sure to check tables, chairs, equipment and wipe and thoroughly clean anything before you move it...especially the underside.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/ ... ndex.shtml
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:03 AM   #2
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Thanks for the valuable information. Smart to post that this early on in the season.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:48 AM   #3
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This information is great, Kevin! All of these are big issues around here locally so thanks for making sure we are all aware of this!
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:53 AM   #4
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Also, we all need to be aware, that movement of firewood "within" these states is also restricted. In Ohio, there are counties where the EAB has not yet been found. My county ,Lake, is one of them. Movement of firewood into Lake County is restricted as well.There are signs at every route in warning of up to $4,000 fines for importing firewood. Now, as I understand it, only the ash tree carries the pest, but the USDA and affected State DA,s are quarantining ALL wood! The average guy does not know what type of wood he has. Personally, I have NEVER had or used ash wood. Be aware that the authorities are watching this stuff. IT IS NOT A JOKE!!!!!!
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:51 AM   #5
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One can simply use Smokinlicious Gourmet Wood Products - all BBQ no bark.

All heartwood product.

No bark . . . no bugs


Of course, even though Smokinlicious is a superlicious smokin' product, it can do nothing to curb the spread of the gypsy moth So be aware!
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:00 AM   #6
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You're correct Adrienne. I used their product at the Jack when we went. Worked really well.
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Thanks for the info...
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