September 4, 2009
Campers urged to contain spread of pests
Campers and travelers should burn wood where they buy it to reduce the risk of transporting damaging pests to new areas, scientists in Ohio recommend.
Ohio State University's
Burn It Where You Buy It program is aimed at reducing the spread of the Emerald ash borer and other invasive pests that hitch a ride in firewood, the university said in a release.
If not eradicated or contained, the borer potentially could cost state and local governments in the United States $7 billion during the next 25 years to remove and replace dead and dying ash trees, she said.