(MITCHELL) - New firewood restrictions intended to combat the spread of invasive pests at Indiana's state parks have taken effect ahead of the start of the summer camping season, according to Mark Farmer property manager of Spring Mill State Park.
The firewood rules adopted in January by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission took effect March 17. They rules are aimed at protecting state woodlands from the 140 known tree pests and pathogens, including the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, that can be spread through firewood.
Under the rules, in-state visitors can only bring their own firewood into state parks, reservoirs, state forests and state fish and wildlife areas if the bark has been removed.
The rules also allow visitors to bring firewood onto state properties if it's kiln-dried scrap lumber or is purchased from the property's camping store or on-site firewood vendor.
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