- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A new rule is in effect to prevent invasive insects from entering Vermont’s forests on untreated firewood.

Campers are expected to buy firewood in-state or verify that imported firewood is heat-treated to standards approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The new rule took effect May 1. The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation says it reduces the likelihood that invasive pests and pathogens, such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, will enter the state.

Emerald ash borer has been found in 25 states including Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire and two Canadian provinces including Quebec.

More information about firewood rule can be found online at https://fpr.vermont.gov/firewood.

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