Oregon residents are being asked to make sure that if they purchase firewood, that it comes from Oregon. According to Dan Hilburn, administrator of the Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Division, that’s because firewood often allows diseases and invasive species to hitchhike to new locales, endangering trees and nursery stocks in whole new areas. Officials want to keep that from happening in Oregon.
“Firewood is becoming more and more of a major pathway for moving invasive species, and that’s not a good thing,” Hilburn said. “The take-home message to Oregonians is to buy their firewood locally and burn it locally.”
Read the ODA press release to learn more about the danger of non-local firewood.