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Do Not Transport Firewood When Camping
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Do Not Transport Firewood When Camping

From Fairfax County:


The warm days of summer are an excellent time for pitching a tent at Fairfax County Park Authority campsites in Lake Fairfax and Burke Lake Parks. While you’re there, remember the request that’s being made by park agencies throughout the region. Please don’t transport firewood out of Northern Virginia and, when camping outside this region, please use firewood from local sources rather than carrying it with you from Northern Virginia.

Seven local counties, including Fairfax County, are part of state and federal quarantines that ban the moving of firewood out of the area because of an insect called the emerald ash borer. The insect drills into ash trees and kills them, and an estimated 25 million ash trees in the United States have been felled by the borer over the past decade and a-half.

Some 500 purple glue traps hang in Fairfax County trees as part of a state program to monitor the insect. The triangular traps are non-toxic and don’t contain pesticides or chemicals.

The Fairfax County Forest Pest Branch has more information about the trapping program at 703- 324-5541, TTY 711. For more information about the emerald ash borer, visit online.

More information about camping in Fairfax County parks can be obtained by calling Burke Lake at 703-323-6600, Lake Fairfax at 703-471-5415, or online.

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