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October is Firewood Month: Follow the NYS Firewood Regulation to Help Protect New York's Trees

The nights are getting longer, the air is getting chilly, and the leaves are changing. It’s starting to feel like fall and that means pumpkin pie, flannel, and everyone’s favorite – nights around the campfire. Whether you’re having s’mores with the kids, a bonfire hangout with friends, or a cookout at camp, be sure to follow the NYS firewood regulation when building your fire - use wood from a source or origin within 50 linear miles of your destination, or use heat-treated firewood.

Firewood can be hiding invasive species, like spotted lanternfly or Asian longhorned beetle,  which you could unknowingly be transporting to new locations. The movement of firewood may be one of the major ways the emerald ash borer was able to infest most counties in New York in only 10-15 years. See our webpage to learn more about how you can protect NY’s trees by following the NYS firewood regulation - and thank you for doing your part!

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