Did you know it's Firewood Awareness Month?

Daleville, VA: Did you know it's firewood awareness month? Firewood Awareness Month’s primary goal is to raise public awareness about firewood movement as a forest pest and disease pathway.  Leave No Trace educates about firewood awareness on a regular basis through Principle 5: Minimize Campfire Impacts. In general we teach: 

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the outdoors. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

 

Campfires are one of the best parts about enjoying the outdoors. Firewood awareness month is not to say no campfires, but instead to encourage responsible behavior in terms of firewood use.

The Don’t Move Firewood campaign promotes the following three choices:

  • Buy certified heat treated firewood.
  • Buy it where you burn it / Buy firewood near where you’ll burn it.
  • Gather firewood on site where permitted.

 

Firewood is the original forest product- and a renewable resource. Your firewood choices matter. Harvest firewood responsibly or buy firewood from reputable dealers, and cover your stored firewood to ensure it burns hot and dry. The trees cut for firewood often died due to insects or disease, so don’t transport cut wood across state or quarantine boundaries. Instead, use your firewood locally to prevent the spread of tree killing invasive pests. By taking these steps, you have the power to protect our nation’s forests and trees.

Are you looking for more information about the campaign? Check out these great resources:

 

Show us how you are being a responsible steward of the outdoors and use the #FirewoodMonth in your social media posts.

 

Travel Well,

Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.