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Firewood Originating within Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Area is Prohibited in all South Dakota State Parks

May 11, 2018

PIERRE, S. D. - The recent discovery of an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer in the Sioux Falls area has prompted a change to the South Dakota state parks’ policy regarding bringing outside firewood into the parks.

Effective immediately, firewood originating within the identified quarantined area is prohibited in all South Dakota state parks. This is in addition to the no out-of-state firewood policy already in place.

On May 9, 2018, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture confirmed an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer in northern Sioux Falls. This is the first confirmed infestation in South Dakota. Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in at least 32 states.

“This new policy is necessary to prevent or reduce the spread of this destructive insect, especially in places like our state parks,” said State Parks Director Katie Ceroll. “We appreciate the cooperation of our visitors to help protect our natural resources.”

Firewood is available for purchase in the parks.

The quarantine area includes all of Minnehaha County, in areas north of Highway 18 in Lincoln County and north of Highway 18 and east of Highway 19 in Turner County. These regulated ash materials include ash nursery stock; ash logs, lumber, wood chips or mulch, including trimmed ash tree branches; and pallets made out of ash.

For more information about the quarantine and the Emerald Ash Borer, visit http://emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov.

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