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The Hidden Threat In Firewood: Invasive Forest Pests

Invasive forest pests are being transported throughout the continent in untreated firewood. Examples of these non-native threats that can occur in firewood include the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, Sirex woodwasp, sudden oak death, oak wilt, and pitch canker, all of which can survive months in firewood. The purpose of this publication is to alert Oregonians to the threat posed by firewood for introducing or dispersing invasive forest pests. Although Oregon has a law that restricts import of untreated commercial firewood, there is a potential for movement of pests by people moving firewood. Across the continent, there is extensive evidence that interstate transport of firewood by people is one of the most important avenues for dispersal of many invasive forest pests. This has led to new calls: “Buy It Where You Burn It!”

EM 9137    Published March 2016    6 pages
February 2020


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