Spread of Invasives

Firewood movement is one of the prime pathways for spreading wood-infesting invasive insects and pests. One illustration of this is that the movement of firewood by citizens largely contributed to the expansion of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) infestation in Michigan and in the eastern United States. According to a 2004 report by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), 75% of new EAB infestations in the state were associated with campgrounds, and 80% of outlier infestations were linked to firewood movement. Similarly, oak wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) continues to spread naturally and artificially through much of the Lower Peninsula and in the south-central Upper Peninsula. According to the MDNR, efforts to slow down the expansion of oak wilt are hindered by the movement of the pathogen via firewood and spring/early-summer tree pruning.

Moving Firewood Can Spread Invasive Species The 1-pager bulletin comprises of Q & A related to the movement of firewood and spread of invasives. 

Human-mediated Dispersal of Emerald Ash Borer: Significance of the Firewood Pathway This working paper discuses the pathways involved in the spread of EAB and sketched out a general firewood pathway.

The Invasive Species Cannonball Run Use a case study to discuss firewood movement and the spread of invasive species.

Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species Highlights the actions you can take to stop the spread of invasive species in Michigan and elsewhere.  

Invasive Species: What You Can Do Outlines and discusses six easy ways you can prevent invasive species.

10 Ways You Can Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Stop Invasive Species Highlights 10 things you can do to stop the spread of invasive species.

DIY Biosecurity Presents five ways to prevent  the spread of invasive species.

Defending Favorite Places This video presentation explains how hunters and anglers can stop the spread of invasive species.

Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants Discuses practices through which land managers can prevent the spread of invasive plants.