Jul 11, 2015 1:54 PM
Firewood checkpoint set up at speedway to block spread of emerald ash borer
The Associated Press
LOUDON — State forest rangers are checking firewood in advance of the NASCAR race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in an effort to stop the spread of an invasive beetle.
The speedway has large camping areas. Forest rangers will use the checkpoint at the track to enforce a ban on out-of-state untreated firewood.
Rangers conducted multi-agency firewood quarantine enforcement at the speedway in 2013 and 2014 to guard against the spread of the emerald ash borer, which has destroyed millions of trees since being discovered in Michigan in 2002 and is now known to be in 25 states, including New Hampshire.
During a nine-day period last year, rangers made 225 firewood confiscations. Surveys indicated that 15 percent of the confiscated firewood came from ash borer quarantine zones in other states.
Race day is Sunday, July 19.