The National Park Service is asking that visitors who use campgrounds or picnic areas in C&O Canal National Historical Park near Hagerstown, Md., not bring firewood from outside the park, according to the Picket News, Hagerstown. Firewood may contain non-native insects such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.
Bringing firewood into the park from other areas may accidentally spread pest insects and diseases that threaten the health of the park’s forest.
“We are asking our visitors to help us protect the park,” Kevin Brandt, superintendent of C&O Canal, stated in a news release. “These pests and diseases can cause great damage to trees in the park and on private lands nearby.”
The firewood ban reflects measures taken by the state of Maryland in May in its parks and forests and at Catoctin Mountain Park, a National Park Service site east of Hagerstown.