Firewood from South Dakota emerald ash borer quarantine area banned from state parks

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The emerald ash borer quarantine area in South Dakota was expanded earlier this month for the first time since the invasive species was found in the state.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding residents that firewood originating in the quarantine area, which now includes all of Minnehaha, Lincoln and Todd counties, is prohibited from being brought into all state parks.

An infestation of the emerald ash borer was confirmed near Canton and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture expanded the quarantine area on May 1. The expansion is intended to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer.

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State parks within the the quarantine area will allow outside firewood if it has a label affixed to certify it as emerald ash borer treated and safe to move. Outside firewood is allowed at state parks outside the quarantine area if it has never been within the quarantine area or if it has a certification label. 

Out-of-state firewood is also banned.

Campers can burn firewood purchased at the park at all state parks.

The emerald ash borer is found in more than 30 states and an infestation in South Dakota was first confirmed in Sioux Falls in 2018. 

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