Ash trees are dead and dying throughout Indiana by the thousands, costing Hoosiers millions and marring the landscape.
The killer is tiny, elusive and resilient. The emerald ash borer beetle,
EAB for short, can fly, but not far. Its rapid spread is caused by
humans moving the firewood in which the beetles thrive.
Memorial Day weekend travel traditionally coincides with a more sinister
happening—more spread of this killer by unwary humans on summer
vacation trips and weekend outings.
To remind Hoosiers and visitors to Indiana to protect forests by not
moving firewood, Gov. Mike Pence has declared May 19-25 as Emerald Ash
Borer Awareness Week in Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources regulates the types of
firewood that can be brought onto State lands. The purpose is not only
to stop spread of EAB, but also to fight the next invasive pest, which
will likely travel in firewood, too.
The DNR requires all firewood entering state properties to: (1) be
accompanied by a state or federal compliance stamp allowing such
movement, or (2) be kiln-dried scrap lumber, or (3) be completely
debarked if brought from home within Indiana.
To fight EAB, if you plan to have a campfire, the best option is to buy
firewood close to where you will burn it; don’t bring it from home. Burn
wood completely before leaving your site—don’t leave wood for the next
person. Buying packaged firewood bearing a state or federal compliance
stamp also helps.
Suspected EAB infestations outside of the quarantine boundaries should
be reported to DNR’s toll-free Invasive Species Hotline,
1-866-NO-EXOTIC. Insecticide treatments are available to protect
individual trees from EAB. Many are cost effective. See eabindiana.info.
Although DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and
recreation areas are booked to capacity for Memorial Day weekend, some
shelters remain available for picnics and other day-use gatherings.
Shelters can be reserved at Camp.IN.Gov or by calling 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746).
If you’re looking for a road trip, but not sure where to go, find property maps and facility information at stateparks.IN.gov. Many new features are ready to enhance your experience no matter when or where you visit.
If you're too late to make a reservation for the upcoming holiday
weekend, don't miss out on camping over July 4th, Labor Day or anytime
this summer. Cabins and campsites are still available, but will go
quickly once Memorial Day passes.
Visit Camp.IN.Gov or call 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746) to reserve your favorite cabin, shelter or campsite.
Campers should consider DNR’s rule on firewood when making preparations
for their camping stay. In-state visitors to state parks, state
reservoirs, state forests and state fish & wildlife areas can bring
firewood from home as long as the bark has been removed.
Guests may also bring firewood onto properties if it is: (1) kiln-dried
scrap lumber, or (2) purchased outside the property and bears either a
USDA compliance stamp or a state compliance stamp, or (3) purchased from
the property camp store or on-site firewood vendor and has a state
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Preschool-age children are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Birds, Beautiful Birds” on May 22.
The class will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and again from 12:30 to 2
p.m., at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State
Recreation Area in Andrews.
Salamonie Preschool programs are designed to enhance the preschooler’s
basic education. Activities include learning the alphabet, crafts,
interaction with other children, and time outdoors, always with a
The cost per child is $2. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Advance registration is appreciated. Register by calling (260) 468-2127.
Kids ages 2 to 14 and their adults are invited to Kids Free Fishing
Derbies at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes, J. E. Roush Fish &
Wildlife Area and Ouabache State Park, on June 1.
Age categories are: 2 to 5; 6 to 10; and 11 to 14, with first-, second-
and third-prize winners for largest fish in each age category. The
largest overall fish will be awarded a grand prize. Each participant
must use bait provided by DNR staff.
Each property will host its own derby, with winners announced at each property.
Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Rules and regulations will be announced at
that time. Fishing time will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Awards will follow.
Children and their adult must be present to win awards.
Advance registration is requested by calling the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at (260) 468-2127.