Gov. Mitch Daniels has declared the week of May 20-26 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Awareness Week in Indiana, reminding Hoosiers to protect their forests from
this devastating bug by not moving firewood.
approach of Memorial Day weekend, the camping season in Indiana will switch
into high gear. Campers at state parks, reservoirs, forests, and state fish
and wildlife areas need to be aware that DNR has a new firewood rule for its
properties. Under the rule, in-state visitors can bring firewood from home
as long as the bark has been removed. Visitors may also bring firewood if it
is kiln-dried scrap lumber or bears a state or federal compliance stamp,
according to a statement released today by the DNR.
encouraged to buy firewood close to where they will burn it, and to burn it
completely before leaving.
“EAB kills every
ash tree not treated with insecticides. It has already destroyed ash trees
in 51 Indiana counties,” the statement said. “In some parts of the state,
tree death has reached crisis levels. For example, Fort Wayne expects to
lose 3,000 ash trees next year, and its remaining 14,000 ash trees within
three years. Indianapolis has more than 20,000 trees on its streets.
Standing dead trees must be removed to protect public safety and access to
utilities. Most Hoosier cities and local governments have tight budgets and
the cost of removing trees is high. For many cities, even the less expensive
option of protecting trees with insecticides is out of their reach.”
University’s Neighbors Against Bad Bugs program (NABB) helps neighborhood
associations identify and locate their ash trees and provides information on
management. NABB manager Annemarie Nagle said homeowners can’t rely on
someone else to worry about EAB. “Ash awareness is a big component of EAB
awareness, because then people understand what they’ll lose if they do
nothing. Neighborhoods who organize before EAB kills their trees end up
saving money, and they have a say in preserving the tree cover.”
on NABB and EAB in Indiana can be found at Purdue’s EAB website at http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/eab/
The state EAB
quarantine, which outlaws movement of any ash materials out of quarantined
areas, has been recently expanded to include 79 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
The updated quarantine map can be found on DNR’s Entomology & Plant
Pathology EAB page at dnr.IN.gov/entomolo/3443.htm
infestations outside of the quarantine boundaries should be reported to
DNR’s toll-free Invasive Species Hotline at (866) NO-EXOTIC.
the car for a family vacation or working hard at home over the holiday
weekend, Hoosiers should be smart about firewood movement and do their part
to protect Indiana’s forests,” the statement said.