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Prevent the Spread of Invasive Insects

A Threat to New York's Forests

Emerald Ash Borer has been found in New York State.

Note: DEC Firewood Regulation - Firewood restrictions to protect forests from invasive species.

Gypsy moth
Gypsy Moth
Photograph credit: Louis-Michel Nageleisen,
Département de la Santé des Forêts - France,

Often arriving as stowaways in the holds of ships, harmful insects and plant seeds may hide amid a variety of trade goods. As global trade and travel increase, we must strive to keep out new invasive species and better manage those already here.

DEC's Forest Health and Protection staff use many tools to fight invasive species threatening our forests:

  • Survey and detection
  • Assessing invasive threats
  • Working with landowners
  • Control and eradication
  • Replanting and restoring affected areas
  • Public education and outreach

Use Local Firewood!

When you transport firewood, you could be spreading invasive forest pests.

Acording to the Entomological Society of America, insects have been found in nearly 50% of retail firewood. See the link under Leaving DEC's Webite in the right column for more information.

Learn more about tree pests and diseases.

More about Prevent the Spread of Invasive Insects:

  • Firewood and Invasive Insects - New York's forests are under attack from numerous invasive exotic insect pests which can be moved around the country on and in firewood.