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Border Patrol: Leave firewood home this holiday weekend

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to prevent the entry of unwanted guests this summer—the six-legged kind.  C.B.P. warns travelers to leave their firewood at home.

Due to increased concern over pest introductions via firewood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a new federal order which CBP is currently enforcing by continuing to carefully inspect shipments of firewood and informing travelers of the new U.S. regulatory requirement.  If C.B.P finds signs of a pest in the wood, travelers will be turned back to dispose of the firewood.  

A new, revised federal order will require that hardwood firewood entering the U.S. from Canada be heat treated at 60° centigrade (minimal core temperature) for 60 minutes in accordance with federal law. In addition, the Federal Order will require that all softwood firewood being imported from Canada and spruce logs imported from Nova Scotia, Canada be heat treated at 56º centigrade (minimal core temperature) for 30 minutes.  

This requirement is necessary to protect U.S. forests from certain softwood and hardwood pests that are present in Canada.  These pests include the pine shoot beetle, brown spruce longhorn beetle, European spruce bark beetle, Asian long horned beetle, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth.  These and other insect pests pose serious threats to softwood and hardwood trees and have no known natural predators in the U.S.

These pests have the potential of destroying millions of acres of America's treasured hardwoods, including national forests and backyard trees.  An Asian longhorned beetle eradication effort in areas where the pest has become established has cost the U.S. in excess of $269 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.


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