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TRNP implements firewood restrictions to fight ash borer

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is prohibiting out-of-state firewood from being brought into the park to avoid spreading the emerald ash borer.

The ash borer, an insect, is spreading rapidly in the U.S., park Superintendent Valerie Naylor said in a press release.

“Most of the trees in the woody draws in the park are green ash. The emerald ash borer is a huge threat to scenery and wildlife habitat, as it could kill thousands of ash trees should it reach the park in firewood,” she said.

Firewood can be bought within the state, including locally near the park. The park also allows campers to collect dead and down wood from within campground areas.