Don't take firewood out of the area where it grew.
We know a fellow who should be well-informed about agricultural matters, from his education, from his affiliations, from on-going training, and from his own professional reading. I believe he knows that firewood should not be taken away from the area where it grew.
I was aghast and outraged when this man mentioned that he had brought a truckload of ash firewood back to Kentucky from a relative's farm in Indiana, over 200 miles away.
Why was I horrified? The firewood could be infected with emerald ash borer (EAB), a killer insect that is destroying the ash trees of North America. In this man's truck, any emerald ash borers present in the firewood made a trip that would have taken them hundreds of years to accomplish on their own weak wings.
At present, Kentucky is believed to be free of the EAB. However, with confirmed infestations in the border states of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia, we are at considerable risk. We don't need anyone to take chances by sneaking in firewood from those states.
"Weren't you worried about spreading the emerald ash borer?" I asked.
"Nope," he replied with the dismissive decisiveness of someone accustomed to being the expert in charge. "I checked it and it was clean."
Let us hope he was right.
Perhaps he didn't know that Indiana is under a federal quarantine that prohibits transporting firewood out of the state. I have to wonder why no law enforcement officials questioned where this man got his firewood and where he was going with it. State quarantines also govern the movement of firewood between counties in Indiana.
Emerald Ash Borer in Indiana
USDA Forest Service EAB site
Map of EAB infection in the US (pdf)
UKy Entymology Dept. EAB page
Images of the emerald ash borer
USDA info sheet about the federal quarantine on Indiana firewood (pdf)
The word "Carelesness" in this post's title should have been "Willful disregard".