campfire

Planning to bring your own firewood to the park?

A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees.

Throwing a few pieces of firewood into the trunk of the car before a camping trip might seem like a good way to plan ahead, but those logs could destroy a forest.

The threat to our forests

Campers who bring firewood from home may accidentally spread pests and diseases that threaten our provincial parks and the health of our forests.

Campers and Staff around campfire Long Point

Invasive species aren’t always easy to notice, as they remain hidden under the bark where you can’t see them. Moving firewood around the province is a common way for them to spread.

The Asian Long-horned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer are two of our biggest culprits.

They are both recent arrivals to Canada and have no natural controls here — that means there’s very little we can do to stop them once they get into a park.

Port Burwell Emerald Ash Borer removal
Tree infected by Emerald Ash Borer being removed from Port Burwell Provincial Park’s campground

To prevent the spread of these pests, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued Federal Ministerial Orders that prohibit the movement of specific materials, including firewood and any material made from ash trees, from specific areas of Ontario, Quebec and the United States.

Buy firewood locally instead

Purchase your firewood at the park office when you check into your campsite, or buy from a supplier local to the park.

Firewood at Park Store, Bonnechere,

Likewise, when you leave the park, please don’t bring your leftover firewood home. You can help protect the forests you love by keeping firewood in place.

Leave your firewood at home

It’s hard to believe something as simple as bringing your own firewood could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees.

campers around an evening campfire

But invasive species are a real threat to our parks’ biodiversity and overall health.

We need your help to protect our parks.

Questions?

For more information on bringing your own firewood into parks you are visiting, please contact the park directly.