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Macomb considers banning outside firewood from local park to protect trees from emerald ash borer

February 01, 2012 at 09:05 AM

McDonough County Voice

Macomb, Ill. — Aldermen discussed a plan this week to block possible insect contamination by banning outside firewood from Spring Lake Park. City Forester Tim Howe said the emerald ash borer, which has destroyed 26 million ash trees since its discovery in this country in 1982, lays its eggs in firewood.

“We think this is the way it will reach Macomb,” said Howe. “Someone will come to visit… and bring contaminated firewood into the campground.”

Howe said Macomb Park District staff members are prepared to confiscate firewood and replace it with firewood available at the campground. But he added that the state has recommended that firewood bearing a USDA certificate seal be allowed.

Alderman Tim Lobdell expressed concern about the quality of firewood being sold locally that does not carry the USDA seal. Mayor Mike Inman responded, “I think we can reach out to commercial retailers and encourage them to sell only USDA certified firewood.”

Howe said there are 1,200 ash trees on the lawns of private residences in Macomb. He said the last statewide sighting of the emerald ash borer was 80 miles to the northeast.

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Keep firewood local to keep emerald ash borer away

At this time of year, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is urging people to pay close attention to where their firewood comes from — and to buy firewood close to home.

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Have you told anyone? You are quite a distance from any other confirmed sightings. Here’s the Illinois map: http://www.agr.state.il.us/eab/PDFs_for_web/Maps/2012_Quarantine_Final11102011.pdf

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