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Protecting Manitoba's Forests from Invasive Pests

WARNING: MOVING FIREWOOD SPREADS HARMFUL PESTS!

  • Firewood is known to carry harmful forest pests.
  • Infested firewood can introduce and spread harmful forest pests to healthy trees.
  • Moving firewood from other provinces or from the U.S.A. can introduce invasive forest pests to Manitoba.
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THE PROBLEM WITH INVASIVE PESTS

  • Invasive forest pests are a serious threat to Manitoba’s trees.
  • Invasive forest pests are introduced species that adversely affect habitats they invade economically, environmentally or ecologically.
  • Dutch elm disease is an invasive forest pest that is now well established in Manitoba and was likely introduced through the movement of infested firewood into the province.
  • Harmful pests that could be brought into Manitoba include emerald ash borer, Asian long-horned beetle and mountain pine beetle.

HOW CAN YOU HELP PROTECT MANITOBA'S TREES?

  • Only buy firewood from local dealers for home or cottage heating.
  • Only buy firewood at your camping destination.
  • Do not bring firewood into Manitoba from other provinces or the U.S.A. The importation of firewood from the U.S.A. into Canada is illegal.
  • When travelling into Manitoba, dispose of firewood at orange drop-off bins that are located near the Saskatchewan border on the Trans Canada Highway
    (at Kirkella) and Yellowhead Highway (at Russell) and near the Ontario border on the Trans Canada Highway (at Whiteshell Provincial Park).
  • Please consult the following website to ensure you are not bringing infested firewood into Manitoba:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

For more information please contact:
Sustainable Development and Water Stewardship, Forestry and Peatlands Management -
Forestry Branch Tree Line at 204-945-7866 or 1-800-214-6497

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