New York to Provide Safe Firewood This Season
The state of New York is looking to provide pre-cut firewood at some campgrounds this summer, according to The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would stock treated firewood at new sheds to supplement campground peddlers and local firewood stands.
The new supply would help offset an anticipated shortage stemming from firewood-transport restrictions.
Last year, in an effort to curtail spread of invasive species, such as emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorn beetle, DEC placed a ban on carrying campfire wood more than 50 miles from where it was cut.
The ash borer was found last year in Cattaraugus County in the western part of the state. An infestation was also discovered in Worcester, Mass.
Firewood transport is one of the primary ways forest invasive species spread.
Tom Folts, assistant director of the Division of Operations in Albany, just told Adirondack Park Agency commissioners that DEC surveyed campers as they arrived at state parks last summer and found that more than 50%t of them brought firewood from home.
DEC estimated about 177,000 bundles of wood travel 50 miles or more into state-owned campgrounds.
“Additional wood sources are needed in some locations to make up for the wood we are asking campers to leave at home,” Folts said in the presentation.