Firewood quarantine affects Pennsic War site

A firewood quarantine imposed by Pennsylvania government officials will affect, among other areas, Butler County, which includes Cooper's Lake Campground where Pennsic War is held.

Pennsylvania state officials have placed a quarantine on the transportation of ash trees and firewood into or out of Allegheny, Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties after an emerald ash borer -- a tiny green beetle from Asia -- was discovered in a tree in Cranberry. Cooper's Lake Campground, in Slippery Rock, PA, is within Butler County.

The quarantine restricts the movement of ash nursery stock, green lumber and any other ash material, including logs, stumps, roots and branches, and all wood chips.

Because of the difficulty in distinguishing between species of firewood, campers are being asked to use only locally harvested firewood, which should all be burned on-site and not carried to new locations. All types of hardwood firewood, including ash, oak, maple and hickory, are considered quarantined.

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Article in the June 28th Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Portions of this article are reprinted from the Pennsic web site, with permission of the author, Mistress Jessa d'Avondale.