Buy Local, Burn Local
What is the issue?
Canada has 347 million ha of forest cover that represents nearly 9% of the world’s forests (Natural Resources Canada). Our forests and urban trees provide us with many ecosystem benefits such as capturing rain and storm water runoff, shade, habitat for wildlife and wood products. However, our forests and urban trees are under threat from invasive forest pests such as emerald ash borer and Asian long-horn beetle. Moving firewood from one location to another can inadvertently move forest pests to new areas resulting in destruction for forests and urban trees. These pests will move slowly on their own but can move long distances very quickly through the transportation of firewood. By stopping the long distance spread of firewood by humans, we will be able to continue protect and manage our forests and urban trees.
What Are We Doing?
In order to address this issue, we developed a National Firewood Taking Action Plan with partners from across Canada that will support the decrease in movement of invasive species through improved handling of firewood in Canada.
The goals of the Action Plan are to:
- Raise public awareness nationally on the issue of moving firewood through a National Campaign.
- Work with partners to develop effective educational resources for various target audiences.
- Implement the Campaign and resources through partnerships to motivate target audiences to change their behaviour and reduce the movement of firewood.
Buy Local, Burn Local - Don't Move Firewood Program
Most recently, we formed a National Firewood Working Group to help guide the development of the Buy Local, Burn Local program as part of our Firewood Taking Action Plan. To ensure effectiveness of the campaign, we commissoned a Firewood Best Management Practices - Jurisdictional Scan and Analysis that will be the foundation for development of best management practices for Canadian firewood producers, a National Firewood Survey and Report to establish a baseline of Canadians knowledge on invasive species and a National Firewood Communications Strategy to guide the campaigns messaging and implementation. Read the reports below.
Best Practices for Campgrounds
We hope to partner with you to implement our resources. To learn more about how you can become a partner, click here.
Below you will find a range of free resources for your use! Click on the links below to download them.
Invasive Species in our Forests Activity and Colouring Book
Invasive Species in our Forests Activity and Colouring Book - French
Firewood Poster One
Firewood Poster Two