- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is proposing to ban the importation of untreated firewood into the state, and has scheduled two public hearings on the matter.

State officials say the rule aims at slowing the spread of wood-borne forest pests including the Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer.

Public comments are welcome until Jan. 15. Hearings have been set for Tuesday, January 5th at the Manchester Town Hall in Manchester Center; and Thursday, January 7th at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury. Both start at 4 p.m.

The rule defines firewood as wood processed for burning that is less than 48 inches long. It does not include wood chips, pellets, pulpwood, or wood for manufacturing purposes.

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