DURHAM — Forest rangers from the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development will inspect firewood coming into New Hampshire Motor Speedway today through Friday.
The inspection will help prevent the spread of invasive insects, such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorn beetle.
Firewood that can’t be documented as heat-treated or originating within New Hampshire will be confiscated in accordance with New Hampshire’s out-of-state firewood quarantine.
The campground at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the largest in the state, providing an excellent opportunity to reduce movement of firewood through a combination of outreach and enforcement. Speedway personnel have partnered with the Departments of Resources and Economic Development and Agriculture, Markets & Food for several years to actively reduce the amount of firewood brought from out-of-state to the Speedway.
These ongoing efforts include posting information about the out-of-state firewood quarantine on the Speedway’s website, enclosing notices with mailed tickets and in grab bags, engaging with attendees during publicity days, and one-on-one interactions between campers and state personnel during firewood-use surveys and enforcement activities.
During the inspections, campers entering the speedway from out of state will be asked if they have untreated firewood and its origin. Firewood in violation of the quarantine will be confiscated and burned immediately at a local dump. Violators will be issued notices. Repeat violators will be issued summonses.
For those wishing the ambiance of a fire during their visit to New Hampshire, there is plenty of opportunity to purchase local New Hampshire firewood, or to buy certified heat-treated firewood. Campers are advised to get a receipt for firewood purchased in New Hampshire, as well as to make sure that any heat-treated firewood is identified as such either on the label or receipt.
Invasive insects are moved long distances by humans transporting firewood.
State officials need people to look for invasive insects and report any suspect trees or insects toNHBugs.org or by calling (800) 444-8978.
Anyone with ash trees they want to save within 10 miles of a known emerald ash borer infestation should start a treatment program now. Information about caring for ash trees and managing forests is available at NHBugs.org.