Ask Joe: Why Does CA Ag Station Check For Firewood ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/22/2013 6:45 pm
From the Ask Joe File one of our viewers has a question about the agriculture checkpoints you go through when you drive over the state line into California.
I ran into Leah over the weekend, and she asked my why they are checking for firewood now when you drive through the check stations like the one up in Truckee?

Good question Leah.  I checked with Dan Rudolph who works for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. 
There are several reasons why they now check for firewood.
One is the Emerald Ashborer, a nickel sized pest that kills off trees by boring into their trunks and carving up the inside.   The insects have caused extensive damage to forests in other states.
Also, In Calfornia there are six new forest pests that have been identified in recent years that they are working to control.  
Rudolph says California's natural borders of mountains and desert help to control the spread of these pests but with six million cars passing through that Truckee agricultural inspection station every year,  they have to keep a close eye on campers and others bringing firewood into the state since that firewood may harbor some of these pests.

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