Use local firewood to help protect Arkansas forests from invasive species

Little Rock, Ark. - In recognition of October’s designation as the firstever Firewood Awareness Month, the Arkansas Agriculture Department urges Arkansans to use firewood from within a 20-mile radius to help protect Arkansas trees and forest ecosystems from invasive pests and diseases.

“Buying local firewood from within a 20-mile radius is an important way that consumers can slow the spread of forest pests and protect our forests and natural areas. Some of our neighboring states have invasive pests and diseases such as the walnut twig beetle, Asian longhorned beetle, and thousand cankers disease that kill host trees and can spread when firewood is moved,” says Jake Bodart, Arkansas State Pest Survey Coordinator.



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