Federal Firewood Quarantine
If your summer plans include camping in Maine, please leave the firewood behind and buy in Maine. That’s the message of the Maine Forest Service, which hopes to thwart threats of invasive insects that bore into cordwood, particularly maple and ash, and infest woodlands. State officials hope to keep the Asian longhorn beetle, already established in Massachusetts and Canada, from infesting Maine hard- and softwood trees. Once established the beetles kill birch, maple, polar and other species and, as such, poses a threat to the maple syrup and fall tourist trades. The firewood quarantine is not limited to Maine; a federal quarantine is in place for cordwood making it illegal to transport cordwood across certain state and county lines.