Forest Service warns eclipse campers: Don’t bring firewood to southern Illinois
The U.S. Forest Service has a request for campers headed to Shawnee National Forest for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 1 that might sound strange at first, but there’s a good reason for it.
Forest experts in Shawnee National Forest are warning campers from outside southern Illinois: Don’t bring your firewood with you from outside the area.
Why? Sneaky invasive species of insects, such as borers, can hide inside firewood and crawl out once you’ve reached your destination, wandering off to harm local trees. The Forest Service says so many people are planning to camp in southern Illinois for the eclipse, that they could be a serious threat to the region’s trees if they don’t heed that warning.
Instead, the Forest Service asks that campers to buy firewood in the same place they intend to burn it. Campers can also buy certified heat-treated firewood or gather it themselves if the place they’re camping allows.
For more information about where to buy local firewood, how far is too far to transport it, and about the invasive species it can harbor, click here.