DNR Implements Stricter Rules On Firewood In Indiana Parks

The Department of Natural Resources say the new rules are to restrict the movement of potentially harmful insects.

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The Department of Natural Resources began implementing the new policy on its campgrounds last weekend.

And a new rule from the Indiana Department of Natural resources says campers that bring firewood from home into state parks must remove the bark from the wood.

Ginger Murphy with DNR says that’s because bugs and pathogens that cause problems live in the bark of trees.

“There is a fungus in Tennessee that is causing a problem for walnuts. There are other insects that are causing problems across the country. People move and one of the biggest issues is firewood,” she says. “There are about 140 different kinds of bugs or pathogens that can be transmitted in firewood.”

Murphy says if campers don‘t want to remove the bark, they can purchase firewood from a local vendor that has a state compliance permit or a federal compliance permit.

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