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Brochure – Don't move firewood

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Description of brochure – Don't move firewood

The brochure has three pages. The cover page says, "Don't move firewood. Buy it locally. Burn it on site. Pest in your firewood can destroy our forests." There is a picture of three pieces of firewood wrapped up to look like dynamite with a lit fuse and an insect at the end of the fuse.

The second page of the brochure begins with a series of images:

  • an emerald ash borer
  • an Asian long-horned beetle
  • a European gypsy moth
  • a tree trunk with the caption, "S-shaped marks caused by the emerald ash borer"
  • a tree trunk with the caption, "Asian long-horned beetle exit holes"
  • a tree trunk with the caption, "Emerald ash borer exit hole"
  • small holes in the leaves with the caption, "Defoliation from gypsy moth"

Beneath the images the following text appears, "Don't move firewood. Buy and burn it locally. Educate yourself about invasive species threatening trees in your area or destination. Follow all rules and regulations related to moving firewood and other wood products within Canada. For more information please visit the CFIA's website at or call 1-800-442-2342."

The third page of the brochure says:

Transporting firewood can destroy millions of trees

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.

Moving firewood from places where invasive insects and diseases have been found can be a violation of the Plant Protection Act, with penalties up to $50,000 and/or prosecution. Be aware of restrictions that may be in place before you move wood or wood products.

For more information about these restrictions, contact your local Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office. The CFIA plays an important role in protecting Canada's plant resource base from invasive insects and diseases.

© 2019 Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), all rights reserved. Use without permission is prohibited.

CFIA P1006-19
Catalogue No.: A104-171/2019E-PDF
ISBN: 978-0-660-29375-2

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