Would Algonquin Park be the same without its trees? Bringing firewood from home to the place you’re camping could put your favourite campsite and Algonquin Park in danger.
Firewood often contains insects and plant diseases that can put Algonquin Park's native plants and animals at risk. Campers who bring firewood from home may accidentally spread those insects and diseases could threaten Algonquin Park and beyond.
Don't Move Firewood
Help prevent the spread of invasive insects. Don't move firewood!
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How You Can Help
- Don't move firewood - Moving firewood, even just a few kilometres, can spread invasive species to our forests. It might seem difficult to imagine, but something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from your favourite campsite could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees.
- Don't bring other plant products to Algonquin - The movement of infested plant materials such as nursery stock, trees, logs, lumber and wood or bark chips poses the greatest risk of spreading invasive insects to uninfested areas, like Algonquin Park.
- Learn the invasive species and symptoms - Learn the signs and symptoms of infested trees and report any issues to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or Algonquin Park staff.
- Know the rules - Quarantine areas have been imposed which prohibits the movement of plants materials including firewood in many areas of Canada and the United States (see below for details).
Protecting Algonquin Park
Ontario Parks will continue to prohibit campers from bringing firewood from any regulated areas into Algonquin Park (or any provincial park). Anyone moving firewood from a regulated area or transporting within southern Ontario area will have their firewood seized upon entry. Upon departure from Algonquin Park please leave behind any left over firewood. This will stop the spread of any unwanted pests.
Local firewood is available for sale at your Algonquin Park developed campground office. Please protect Algonquin Park and its vast forests. Don't move firewood!
Keep Out! - Invasive Species of Concern
Even though these invasive pests aren't in Algonquin Park, let's keep it that way. Would Algonquin Park be the same without its trees?
1. Emerald Ash Borer
Since its accidental introduction into the United States and Canada in the 1990s, and its subsequent detection in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) has spread to 14 states and parts of Canada. It is estimated to have killed at least 100 million ash trees so far and threatens to kill most of the 7.5 billion ash trees throughout North America.
In North America, the Emerald Ash Borer has been found to attack and kill all North American species of Ash (Fraxinus spp.). Infested ash trees in North America generally die after two to three years, but heavily infested trees have been observed to die after only one year of beetle attack.
The Emerald Ash Borer is native to China and eastern Asia. In May 2002, it was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the United States and in July 2002 it was found in Essex County in Ontario.
Like some other exotic pests that affect plants and trees, it is believed to have been accidentally introduced to North America in imported wood packaging or crating material.
A regulated area for Emerald Ash Borer exists in much of southern Ontario and also in the greater Ottawa area (see below for details).
Regulated Areas for Emerald Ash Borer
2. Asian Long-horned Beetle
The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is a forest pest native to several Asian countries that attacks and kills a wide range of hardwood trees, including maple. This destructive wood boring insect was found in an industrial park in the City of Vaughan in 2003. It is a serious threat to the forests of Ontario.
The beetle is no stranger to North America. It was first found in New York in 1996, in Chicago in 1998, and in New Jersey in 2002 and again in 2004. It was likely introduced into North America by way of wooden pallets, crates, or packaging materials used in shipping. Millions of dollars has been spent to eradicate the insect. Though these programs have been successful to date, any new sightings require immediate action. The Asian Long-horned Beetle would be especially damaging to Algonquin Park given the high percentage of forest cover dominated by maple.
Regulated Areas for Asian Long-horned Beetle