Questions should be asked when buying firewood

Sunday, January 9, 2011

SIKESTON -- Knowing how to measure firewood and understanding the terms of the transaction are just as important as the price.

Kyle Cunningham, forestry/business development specialist for University of Missouri Extension's Southeast Missouri Region, said one of the biggest tips he can give is to know where the wood being purchased originated.

"That's currently a big issue right now in the state," Cunningham said. "Be aware of where it's coming from. If you're going somewhere camping, go there and purchase the wood locally; don't bring it in."

The emerald ash borer -- a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia -- is a major concern to Missouri's ash tree populations. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing trees to starve and die.

Currently, Wayne County is the only county in Missouri under quarantine for emerald ash borer, Cunningham said. However, it's a concern for residents in all counties.

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