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California's trees are at risk from insects and diseases that can move on firewood. In San Diego County alone, tens of thousands of oak trees have been killed due to the Goldspotted Oak Borer, an insect researchers believe was initially brought to California on infested firewood. Other dangerous tree pests, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, have been found on firewood at California's borders.
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Why is moving firewood such a bad idea? Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These insects and diseases can't move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control.
In November 2010, the California Forest Pest Council approved a Resolution to create a California Firewood Task Force. States across the country have taken similar steps to limit the movement of firewood in an effort to slow the spread of tree pests, and a new National Firewood Task Force has formed to address risks associated with firewood movement.
Idyllwild - The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) has been detected in a recently-killed California black oak tree in the Riverside County mountain community of Idyllwild.
Specific pests that may be transported via firewood in California:
Moving firewood can bring invasive pests to the campsites you love.