Buy it locally. Burn it on site. Pests in your firewood can destroy our forests.
Invasive insects and diseases can exist in firewood. Moving untreated firewood, even just a few kilometres to or from a campground or a cottage, is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread.
These pests kill trees in our forests, cities, streets and parks. This affects air and water quality. It deprives animals of habitat. It damages private property and reduces land value. It can also have devastating effects on Canada’s forestry industry and on our ability to trade with other countries that want to keep these pests out.
The emerald ash borer, for example, has killed millions of ash trees in Canada since it first arrived from Asia. On its own, it doesn’t move very far. Hiding in firewood, though, it can travel vast distances when that wood is moved by people. Then it kills more trees in new areas to which it has been moved.
Firewood and Domestically Regulated Pests
Within Canada, existing CFIA plant protection policies are in effect to strictly control the movement of firewood from regulated areas of Canada.
The following quarantine pests are regulated to prevent further spread:
– Asian longhorned beetle
– Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle
– Dutch Elm Disease
– Emerald Ash Borer
– European Larch Canker
– Gypsy Moth
– Pine Shoot Beetle
More info HERE