What is the Issue with Moving Firewood?

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.

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What is Buy Local, Burn Local?

Guided by our National Firewood Working Group, and based on work by the Canada Food Inspection Agency, Buy Local, Burn Local is a campaign focused on helping firewood producers, retailers and campgrounds to prevent the spread of invasive forest pests through safe firewood practices. We have developed a number of resources available for download and print, distribution, as well as available for you to adapt to suit your need.

Visit the Resource Library to find these resources

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Take the Pledge!

Moving firewood transports tree-killing insects and diseases. Help protect our trees and forests.

When you take the Buy Local, Burn Local Pledge, you agree to:

  • Buy firewood at or near where you will use it. Leave any unused firewood on site.
  • If you brought any non-local firewood with you, use first and burn completely. Next time only use local firewood.

Fill out the form below to take the Pledge!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Join

Become a Buy Local, Burn Local Partner

Join forces with like-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses Canada. Become a partner now!

Each partnership opportunity provides a variety of benefits to support shared goals at the level that feels right for you. The available benefits are listed when you choose the partner type that is right for you.

Supporter

Encouraging a growing the number of individuals is fundamental to a successful behaviour change program. Across Canada, especially within key target groups and youth, the aim is to have responsible individuals gain awareness and personally ‘adopt’ a behaviour change program.  Supporters are individuals who pledge to adopt Buy Local, Burn Local. Supporters serve as role models and encourage others to join.

Organizational Partners

Organizational partners are critically important to sustaining Buy Local, Burn Local and spreading its message and resources. As an organizational partner, you will receive various benefits, while contributing to the strength and sustainability of the program.

*Discount available for non-profit organizations
Supporter $40 Supporter (CCIS Member) $30 Organizational Partner Lvl 1 $150 Organizational Partner Lvl 1 (CCIS Member) $100 Organizational Partner Lvl 2 $400 Organizational Partner Lvl 2 (CCIS Member) $325
Recognition
Name listed on website
Logo added to the website
Featured in CCIS E-bulletin
Products
Welcome Kit
Three resources with logo added, for you to distribute and receive final product in electronic form
Graphic Standards
Access to print files
Services
2 hours free graphic design services

Contributing Partners

Contributing partners are critically important to sustaining all of our programs. Contributing partners receive brand visibility and marketing opportunities through a variety of sponsor visibility packages, specific for each program. Each program website will profile the relevant contributing partners.

  • Contributing partners can select to be promoted in one or more of the changing behaviour programs through online, print or social media.
  • Contributing partners can choose to advertise in one or more program’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Contributing partners can be recognized through the social media campaigns for one or more programs.
  • Contributing partners may want to take advantage of the opportunity to put their brand on various Program resources.
  • Contributing partners are open to pursuing to customized sponsorship opportunities with the CCIS based on organizational needs and priorities.

Complete the form below to join now

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Resource Library

The resources below are free for download, print and use. If you wish to adapt the resources, please join as a partner as described above. For additional questions or concerns, please contact us HERE.

Invasive Species in our Forests: A Guide for Educators
Program Decal
Invasive Species in our Forests: Activity and Colouring Book
Best Practices for Campground Owners
Best Practices for Firewood Producers
Best Practices for Firewood Retailors
Poster for Campsites
Poster showing Impacts
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