The Summer travel season is in full swing and the Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural Resources remind those on vacation to leave firewood at home.

According to the Press Release, the reminder is to prevent the spread of invasive tree insects and diseases.

Taking firewood from one part of the state to another is a way for pests to move to new locations which could be bad for native trees.   The emerald ash borer already has wiped out millions of ash trees across the state. High-impact diseases, including oak wilt and beech bark disease, now are making their way through Michigan.

The State encourages travelers to buy their firewood at their destination and burn it all on site and not to take it with them.  It is also a good idea to get the firewood within a short distance on where it will be used.