If you bring your own firewood from home, you could spread insect and plant diseases that threaten the health of our forests. To prevent the spread of invasive species such as the Asian Long-horned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer, Ontario Parks is asking visitors not to bring firewood which has originated from the following regulated areas:
- Cities Hamilton and Toronto and the Regional Municipalities of Durham York, Peel and Halton
- City of Sault Ste. Marie
- Elgin County
- Essex County and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
- Lambton County
- Middlesex County
- Norfolk County
- City of Gatineau, in Québec and the City of Ottawa, in Ontario
- Municipalities of Carignan, Chambly, Richelieu, Saint-Basile-le-Grand and Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu (Québec)
The Emerald Ash Borer is known for destroying ash trees, as the larvae feed on the inner bark of tree. The ash tree is destroyed because it is no longer able to transport water and nutrients. The insect has killed millions of ash trees across Canada, and can spread quickly through the transport of firewood.
We need to make sure invasive species like the Asian Long-horned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer do not cause significant damage to our parks.
If you any have questions, talk to staff at the park you are visiting, call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342, or go to www.inspection.gc.ca