Connecticut asks campers not to bring in firewood

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials are asking campers not to bring in their own firewood into campsites in the state.

Officials with the Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say bringing wood from home to campgrounds can spread invasive pests such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer, which spend much of their lifecycle as larvae inside tree limbs and branches.

Officials say the nearest infestation of the Asian Longhorned Beetle is within 30 miles of the state’s border in Massachusetts, where officials have had to cut down more than 34,000 trees.

The Ash Borer has been found throughout Connecticut and because of that there are restrictions on moving untreated firewood out-of state to New York and Rhode Island.

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