Warm Up With Local Logs To Protect NC Forests

North Carolina forestry officials are asking residents to warm up with local logs this winter to reduce the threat of invasive bugs.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that when firewood is imported into the state from far-flung locales around the world, exotic insects come with it.

Officials say invasive bugs brought in firewood shipments have been attacking North Carolina forests. Bugs such as the Asian redbay ambrosia beetle can kill entire trees by burrowing into the wood to lay eggs and leaving a damaging fungus.

Forestry officials say North Carolinians should only burn wood gathered within 50 miles of home.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    All I can say to "Toenail" and "jr" is you are either not native North Carolinans or completely lacking in regard for the planet you live on. I'm truly sorry (not for you) that you have no love for your own state, and don't appreciate what you have. I'll know who to blame when it looks like my state.
  • by jr Location: bath on Dec 30, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    a freeze will not kill insects. and, climate change is a hoax. i heard something recently that was so funny: a tree hugger said that the reason for the blizzards and cold weather was due to global warming.
  • by Toenail on Dec 29, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    and I care because?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 29, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    :-( I'd rather not see what happened here happen to you. The bark beetles have all but completely destroyed vast portions of our forests. They're native but uncontrolled because over-zealous "environmentalists" insisted on protecting old growth too much. Burns for this region are natural and necessary. Add to it the milder winters due to climate changes, and the freezes haven't been deep and prolonged enough to kill them off either. There are miles and miles of dead pines. Then in Northern CA the sudden oak death has hurt that area badly as well. They ask hikers to stay on paths and thoroughly clean shoes before using them in another area, but that too is out of control. Dead & dying trees are marked and removed as fast as possible. Sharpshooter Beetles here in So. CA have demolished the once flourishing miles of oleander lining fwys. and neighborhoods. There's no way to treat any of these so the plants recover. Once attacked, it's a loss. Anyone reading the site, pls be conscientious.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    Unless they make it a law and actually go around and enforce it, people will be like blinded rats. They are not going to listen. Sad, but true.
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