- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The city of Bismarck will be stepping up the fight against Dutch elm disease this spring.

Crews will be combing the city, looking for firewood piles that might contain elm wood and the destructive elm bark beetle.

The annual firewood inspection is expected to begin the first week of April. It’s part of the fight to protect Bismarck’s elm trees from devastating losses to Dutch elm disease.

Elm bark beetles use elm wood with tightly attached bark for protection from fluctuating temperatures over the winter. Eliminating elm wood before spring destroys the beetles and prevents them from emerging in warmer weather.

Crews will mark elm wood found in firewood piles with orange paint. Homeowners will have 10 days to debark, burn or dispose of the elm wood.




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