Maine forest rangers set up firewood exchange

Posted May 26, 2011, at 4:59 a.m.

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers 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.

The Maine Forest Service is holding a “firewood exchange” at the Maine Turnpike’s Kittery rest area on Thursday and Friday. People arriving from other states will be able to swap their wood for Maine-processed firewood at no charge.

The Legislature last September passed a law banning out-of-state firewood in Maine. 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.

Officials may hold a third firewood exchange on Saturday depending on weather conditions and the volume of the wood collected the first two days.

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