An invasive insect that is potentially deadly to ash trees has been confirmed at Tippecanoe River State Park. The emerald ash borer is one of the most destructive wood-boring pests in the United States. Insects can fly a short distance but are more commonly spread to new areas when people move infected trees, logs and firewood. Tippecanoe River State Park Manager Vernon Gillum says the park continues to maintain strong restrictions with regard to firewood that is brought onto the property.
“We’ve already had where we have to be cognizant of what firewood we let into the property. For the most part it has to be de-barked or have a sticker that it comes from an approved vendor,” said Gillum.
Gillum says Tippecanoe River State Park has very few ash trees. Still, he says strict firewood restrictions are necessary to prevent the spread of other pests that may attack the oak, hickory and other trees at the park.