Gather Fall Firewood Close to Home
The Don't Move Firewood campaign aims to protect our forests from destructive insects and organisms.
Our family celebrated a North Idaho rite of fall this past weekend. We spent all day Sunday splitting firewood.
Sunday, we had two log splitters, two wheelbarrows and many gloved hands to transform helter-skelter log piles into neat stacks of firewood.
The birch was local—from Bonners Ferry less than 50 miles away. The less-than-50-mile distance is the rule of thumb to determine whether firewood is safe, according to the Don’t Move Firewood campaign.
Safe for the forest, that is.
Don’t Move Firewood was initiated by a coalition of agencies and organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, to raise awareness about the risk of spreading insects that are killing our forests, particular nonnative invaders—insects and organisms that the trees are not accustomed to fighting off.
When people transport firewood for camping or home heating, they risk bringing tiny hitchhikers along on the wood. These invaders could start new infestations and destroy an otherwise healthy forest.
So, if you haven’t brought your wood in for the winter yet, keep it local and help keep our forests alive.