By Steven J. Sinclai
The locavore movement in Vermont is strong, whether vegetables, meat, craft beer or goods and services. I am here to promote the same approach in the purchase and burning of firewood.
Why is this important? Transported firewood is a major vehicle of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). These pests are a grave threat to our forests. Over half of Vermont’s trees are potential hosts of these invasives and our state tree, the sugar maple, is no exception. Slowing the spread of invasive pests affords us the time to study additional options for tree pest management while still maintaining and providing the variety of goods and services to the public that come from our forests and trees. [Read more...]