How We're Protecting our Environment

Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours at Zoar Outdoor supports using locally harvested firewood to greatly reduce the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and disease.

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What is the problem?

Native trees are being destroyed through the transportation of invasive insects and disease.

One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is to stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood. It’s really that simple- don't move firewood to keep trees healthy and alive. Forests are great places to play, but they also keep our air clean and our water pure. We must protect them by not moving firewood, so our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can enjoy these amazing places like we do.

Fortunately, the forest at Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours is very healthy and we are doing everything we can to keep it that way.  We inspect the trees annually with our forester and keep a close watch on some of the more likely invasives such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

What are we doing about it?

To assist in the preservation of our urban and rural forests Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours at Zoar Outdoor is committed to educating its visitors about the threat of non-native forest insects and disease.  We are also contributing to an environmental organization to assist with education efforts around preventing the spread of invasive species.

What can you do about it?

Don't risk starting a new infestation of an invasive insect or disease.

You have the power to save trees.

Don't take firewood with you on your camping trip, RV adventure, or up to your hunting camp. Don't bring firewood back from your second home to your house in the suburbs. Don't bring it with you on your scout's camping trip. Instead, buy it where you'll burn it.

You can still have a roaring campfire, or a cozy night in front of the fireplace if you just know how to burn safe.

  • Buy firewood near where you will burn it- that means the wood was cut at most 50 miles from where you'll have your fire, but preferably from the same county.
  • Wood that looks clean and healthy can still have tiny insect eggs, or microscopic fungi spores, that may start a new and deadly infestation. Always leave it at home, even if you think the firewood looks fine.
  • Aged or seasoned wood is still not safe. Just because it is dry doesn't mean that bugs can't crawl onto it!
  • If you have firewood that you’ve already moved and you now know you need to dispose of it safely, burn it soon and completely. Make sure to rake the storage area carefully and also burn the debris. And next time, buy from a local source!
  • Tell your friends not to bring wood with them - everyone needs to know that they should not move firewood.