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Officials Warn About Beetle That’s Killed Millions Of Trees Across Country

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Emerald Ash Borer (Connecticut DEP photo)

Emerald Ash Borer (Connecticut DEP photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is against transporting firewood in or out of the state.

Environmental officials are concerned about the spread of destructive wood boring insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer.

The Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station recently confirmed the presence of the insect in Hamden. It’s responsible for killing millions of ash trees across the country and has been detected in eight other New Haven County communities.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in July 2012 in Prospect.

State officials are planning to soon erect signs reminding travelers that out-of-state firewood in any quantity is regulated. Anyone transporting firewood into Connecticut needs special documentation.

Campers are urged to buy local firewood and burn all firewood at their campsite.

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