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Protect Michigan forests, don't move firewood

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MICHIGAN -- The Michigan DNR is asking for the public's help in stopped the spread of forest pests.

Campers are reminded to only use firewood from their campsite or somewhere nearby. Bringing firewood from other areas introduces non-native insects and diseases to an area - and has the potential to cause major damage to the forest.

John Pepin, the Deputy Public Information Officer for the Michigan DNR in Marquette, says, "If you transport wood, you can also be transporting invasive insect pests or diseases that could cause harm to trees and natural resources that are in the park that you're trying to visit and enjoy."

The DNR recommends only using firewood from local sources near your campsite, so don't bring firewood from home. Plus, don't take firewood with you when leaving your campsite.


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