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Old 03-31-2011, 05:07 AM   #1
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Taking Firewood Across State Lines

I'm in a similar situation here in NH where I spend a lot of time camping in Maine. Maine does not allow NH wood because they don't want some of the insects that come along with it! Now correct me if I'm wrong but couldnt an insect either walk or fly across the Maine border from NH rather than hitch a ride in the back of my TV? Maybe our bugs from NH just arent that intelligent? If you don't have an easy pass they will actually look in the back of the truck for wood. If they see it they pull you over and replace the NH wood with Maine wood. Of course they are not going to unload everthing to get to the wood and load it back up for you.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:51 AM   #2
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... I know many campgrounds in our area frown on bringing your own wood, they would rather you buy THEIR wood!!..
No, the reason for this is not always to get your money. Here. in the mideast, it's to help prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. You might want to get a better understanding of this parasite that's literally trying its best to make ash trees extinct by visiting this website.

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One of the most frequent ways this insect has expanded its range of damage is by people bringing (usually unwittingly) firewood from an infected area.

And while your suggestion is good, be advised that if you decide to take your splitter camping with you, you may encounter campgrounds that prohibit the operation of chain saws and wood splitters. Ohio State Parks even go so far as to prohibit the foraging for wood.
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I just think it would be funny to see all these NH bugs lineup marching over the bridge into Maine!
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I just think it would be funny to see all these NH bugs lineup marching over the bridge into Maine!
They won't have to. The EAB has already invaded New York State and the Province of Quebec in Canada. It's only a matter of time before they migrate east and south into the currently "bug free" New England states.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:38 AM   #5
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Yes firewood is becoming a real problem in many places. I understand why they will not let it in from some places with the insect deal, but please give us an affordable alternative at the CG`s and State Parks if you will not let us bring any in. $5.00 for 5 little pieces of wood is not an affordable alternative. It would take $50 to 75 worth of wood to have a long evenings campfire at those prices. For those of us that do a lot of cold late Fall camping a campfire is almost a must! Just MHO.
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Not to mention the wood they do sell you is bone dry and burns up in no time!
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Well , Now that we are talking firewood. Its a racket for campgrounds. Kinda like Blockbuster and late fee's. Movies and 10 dollar 1,500 calorie popcorn.

Anyways I am not buying the whole bug thing. Especially when I bring Wood from same state to state etc... I will always bring my own firewood when I can. Thats why I love my Ryobi log splitter.

Bye the way, I am burning the bugs in a fire !!! Not hosting a Dating game for them...

Do Logging trucks stop at the state line or do they cross state lines going to the mills? HMMM, stop it already...

Being Green is cool and all, but sometimes it smells brown, and makes me see RED!!
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Some of the State Parks here just won`t let you bring it in whether you agree with it or not, its that simple. The private CG`s are not very strict about it though.
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We live in an area with the Emerald Ash Borer. We are not allowed to take any wood out of our area and we have controls in place for disposing of branches, etc. The restrictions on fire wood are to prevent the Emerald Ash Borer from spreading more quickly than it would naturally. Many, many trees have been lost to this insect.
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Some of the State Parks here just won`t let you bring it in whether you agree with it or not, its that simple. The private CG`s are not very strict about it though.
About the only wood I've seen that they will sometimes let you bring in is scrap wood that has been kiln dried.
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