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Camping: what's the deal?

Did you know firewood can contain invasive species?

Camping: What's the Deal? – Transcript/Captions

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency corporate introduction plays. It shows images that represent the work of the Agency including a petri dish, strawberries, a growing plant, a chicken and a maple leaf.

Text: CFIA - Safeguarding with Science

A spokesperson appears on screen in front of a green background and speaks directly to the viewer.

So for those of you who saw our first episode, you're already familiar with the concept.

A video clip from the previous episode appears behind the spokesperson, showing tulips swaying in the wind.

For our newcomers, it's simple... I ask you what the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has to do with today's item: this nice log.

A log suddenly appears in the spokesperson's hands.

Animated text accompanied by an upbeat jingle: What's the Deal?

A campsite is shown: a tent sits between evergreen trees with mountains in the background.

Illustrations appear behind the spokesperson in sequence: a tent, sleeping bag, meat on a grill, marshmallows and a campfire.

Camping season has begun, and you've got everything you need: a tent, a sleeping bag, food, marshmallows and firewood.

The spokesperson eats a marshmallow.

But before you leave, did you know wood can contain certain invasive species?

The spokesperson waves his hands indicating his "mind is blown". Bugs crawl around in the background.

Say what?

An Emerald Ash Borer crawls along a tree. A larva wiggles out from under tree bark.

These can include insects and diseases, and their impact is likely to be harmful to the environment, economy or human health.

A man investigates a damaged tree, peeling back the bark showing where invasive insects have destroyed it.

A perfect example is the Emerald Ash Borer, which to date has killed millions of ash trees in Canada since it first arrived from Asia.

A map of Canada shows the EAB Regulated Areas: most of Ontario south of Sudbury, a portion of western Quebec, and the city of Thunder Bay.

The spokesperson appears on a spiral background.

So, what's the deal?

The spokesperson reappears in front of a plain green background.

Illustrations of an Emerald Ash Borer, a map of Canada and a pile of firewood appear in the background.

Well, we all have a role to play given these bugs can travel vast distances hiding in firewood that we move around.

Illustrations of several invasive species appear in the background: Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle and Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle. Red X's appear over each insect.

To protect our forests, the CFIA works with its partners to prevent the introduction and spread within Canada of plant pests, as well as detect and control or eradicate designated plant pests in Canada.

The spokesperson appears in front of a waving flag of Canada while the National Anthem plays briefly.

How can you help protect our beautiful country?

The spokesperson reappears in front of a plain green background.

Make sure you buy your firewood locally and burn it on site. For example, and if you're camping in a national park, all firewood must be bought on site.

The spokesperson holds a marshmallow on a stick and waves it towards the camera.

This way, when you're roasting your marshmallows, you'll be helping to protect our forests and economy for generations to come!

The spokesperson appears in a forest, holding a log which is shooting animated flames. He roasts a marshmallow above the fake fire and smiles at the camera.

Happy camping!

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