A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees.
Throwing a few pieces of firewood in the trunk of your car before going camping may seem like a good way to plan ahead, but those logs could destroy a forest.
The threat to our forests
Campers bringing firewood from home can accidentally spread pests and diseases that threaten our provincial parks and the health of our forests.
Invasive species are not always easy to spot, as they remain hidden beneath the bark where they cannot be seen. Transporting firewood across the province is a common way of propagation.
Emerald ash borer
The emerald ash borer is one of our biggest culprits. The emerald ash borer, recently arrived in Canada, has no natural controls here; That means there is very little we can do to stop him once he enters a park.
Emerald ash borer-infected tree removed from Port Burwell Provincial Park campground
To prevent the spread of these pests, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued Federal Ministerial Orders prohibiting the movement of specific materials, including firewood and any materials made from ash trees, from specific areas of Ontario, Quebec and the United States. .
Buy firewood locally
Purchase your firewood at the park office when you check in at your campsite, or purchase it from a local park supplier.
Also, consider leaving leftover firewood for the next camper, rather than taking it home. You can help protect the forests you love by keeping firewood in its place.
Leave your firewood at home
It’s hard to believe that something as simple as bringing your own firewood can threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees.
But invasive species are a real threat to biodiversity and the overall health of our parks.
We need your help to protect our parks.
For more information about bringing your own firewood to the parks you visit, contact the park directly.