Maine holds firewood exchange to protect woodlands

Posted Oct. 14, 2010, at 9:55 a.m.

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers and entomologists are collecting firewood from out-of-state visitors to protect the state’s woodlands from destructive insects such as the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer.

For the second time in six weeks, the Maine Forest Service is holding a “firewood exchange” at the Maine Turnpike’s Kittery rest area on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. People coming to Maine with firewood will be able to swap their wood for Maine-processed firewood at no charge.

The longhorned beetle and the ash borer have destroyed millions of acres of trees in nearby states and provinces but have yet to be confirmed in Maine. Firewood is a common way for the insects to be transported.