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SDDA Launches Don’t Move Firewood Pledge





South Dakota Department of Agriculture News Release

 

For Immediate Release:  May 13, 2019

Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073

 

 SDDA Launches Don’t Move Firewood Pledge

 

PIERRE, S.D. – On May 13, 2019, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, with support from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, launched a Don’t Move Firewood pledge to encourage support and advocacy for protecting South Dakota’s natural resources by not moving untreated firewood.

 

Trees play an important role in our communities, as well as on our farms and ranches. However, non-native insects and diseases are killing these important parts of our ecosystems and causing millions of dollars of damage to communities and forests across the nation. These insects and diseases can’t move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles.

 

In May of 2018, emerald ash borer, a destructive exotic beetle, was discovered in Sioux Falls. Now more than ever, it is imperative that South Dakotans buy or collect firewood where they plan to burn it or buy certified heat-treated firewood.

 

To help incentivize everyone to not move firewood, all South Dakotans that take the pledge before June 30, 2019, at midnight CT, will be entered to win “The Perfect Camping Set,” including a tent, sleeping bags, and outdoor cooking equipment.

 

Take the pledge by going to: https://sdda.sd.gov/Firewood/Pledge.aspx.

 

For more information on emerald ash borer in South Dakota, go to http://emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov/.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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