The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has posted warnings for the summer camping season about camp firewood. All campers are being warned not to bring camp firewood from their own homes to New York State camps or campsites located outside of their immediate home areas. Purchasing only local firewood is being advised.
“When the DEC issues these warnings they are vitally important, and, hopefully, everyone will cooperate. The request is not unreasonable. Forestry products are the backbone of the North Country and local wood suppliers are willing, ready, and able to help supply area campers,” Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I,C-Peru) said.
For the summer camping season, warning signs have been posted at all State Parks and campgrounds advising campers of the new rules.
Invasive insect pests like the Asian Longhorn Beetle, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and the Emerald Ash Borer threaten to infest and destroy upstate trees and other forested areas. These specific insects only have a limited number of natural predators, and they are not easily killed by pesticides. The DEC has also been closely monitoring the Sirex wasp, which can kill pines and other conifers.
The DEC notes that these invasive pests easily find new forests to destroy by arriving in new areas by burrowing themselves in firewood, camp wood, or other wood products that are brought unknowingly into new regions by campers.