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    MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    I know this is simply a crazy question, but I need assistance from anyone who might have seen this ...

    I've received a report of a large truck, with a big 'Minnesota Firewood' graphic on the side of it, is selling firewood in Urbandale. If you've seen this truck, I will give you lots of CF rep if you can tell me where the truck is parked/selling the wood.

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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    It surprises me that an out-of-state truck owuld be selling firewood with the Emerald Ash Borer problem they are having in surrounding states. Wisconsin outlaws any "foreign" firewood and I'm sure Iowa is trying to keep it out.

    Edit: After noticing your major, perhaps that is the reason you are looking for said truck?
    Hope I didn't blow your cover


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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    I did not think you could transport firewood across state lines anymore.


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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    they are from my hometown LITTLE FALLS MINN.

    they usually cruise around a town for 2-3 days, stopping at high end developments. great wood!!


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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    You work for the DNR?

    I do believe it is illegal to bring in firewood from another state? Is that correct?



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    You work for the DNR?

    I do believe it is illegal to bring in firewood from another state? Is that correct?
    yes your correct



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    from what ive heard the EAB is not in Iowa, but it has been found near the twin cities. Is there some kind of fine for bringing firewood across state lines?



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Oddly enough, I'm the State Entomologist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. And even more odd ... there is a whole state law and corresponding administrative rules about plant pests and the movement of said pests into Iowa. And, I'm the *lucky* person that tries to enforce it. (I really should write a book, because I get the most bizarre phone calls on a daily basis about everything from beetles the medical examiner finds on their 'clientele' [not my expertise, but always interesting] to citizen reports on firewood - or a thousand other topics mildly related to insects and plant pathogens.)

    Q. Out of state firewood - legal in Iowa?
    A. Maybe. First, it's NOT RECOMMENDED because of the numerous pest issues associated with the movement of firewood. Second, areas know to be infested with EAB are federally (and state) quarantined - thus blocking the movement unless the wood is 'treated' under supervision of the USDA (treatments = fumigation, heat treatment or removal of bark + 1/2" of wood).

    Q. What states/areas are quarantined for EAB?
    A. A map can be found here - areas surrounded by the dark blue line are federally quarantined.

    Q. Has EAB been found in Iowa?
    A. Nope [sighhh]. In 2009 656 purple traps were place in high risk locations, and another 440+ 'trap trees' were set up by the DNR. To date, no infestations have been found in Iowa.

    (I know you're going to ask this, so I'll just cover it too)
    Q. But what about the reported beetle found in Clayton County in June?
    A. A beetle was turned in, but when the tree the beetle supposedly came from was examined, there was no evidence of infestation. Nadda. 167 of the 656 purple traps in Iowa this year were placed in a 88 sq mile grid around that 'find' and all came up negative. Because of the lack of infestation evidence in the suspect tree, coupled with the wobbly chain-of-custody of said beetle sample, we are not calling the situation an official infestation.

    With all that said, we take citizen calls very seriously, and do our best to follow up on calls about suspect trees - and trucks selling firewood. Ain't life fun when you're an entomologist?


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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    (I know you're going to ask this, so I'll just cover it too)
    Q. But what about the reported beetle found in Clayton County in June?
    A. A beetle was turned in, but when the tree the beetle supposedly came from was examined, there was no evidence of infestation. Nadda. 167 of the 656 purple traps in Iowa this year were placed in a 88 sq mile grid around that 'find' and all came up negative. Because of the lack of infestation evidence in the suspect tree, coupled with the wobbly chain-of-custody of said beetle sample, we are not calling the situation an official infestation.
    Thanks for clearing this up! I thought I had heard about the possible beetle find when I was visiting their county fair this year.



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Thanks for clearing this up! I thought I had heard about the possible beetle find when I was visiting their county fair this year.
    We still have the tree in 'custody'. Just in case someone feels like arguing with us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    I know this is simply a crazy question, but I need assistance from anyone who might have seen this ...

    I've received a report of a large truck, with a big 'Minnesota Firewood' graphic on the side of it, is selling firewood in Urbandale. If you've seen this truck, I will give you lots of CF rep if you can tell me where the truck is parked/selling the wood.

    A million thank-yous from the person that receives bizarre tips concerning firewood on a daily basis.
    I'll be cruising thru most of udale in about 20 mins. I'll let u know if I see anything.



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Quote Originally Posted by lakesbison View Post
    they are from my hometown LITTLE FALLS MINN.

    they usually cruise around a town for 2-3 days, stopping at high end developments. great wood!!


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    Sure am glad to find that out, I will be looking at any NDSU gear in the area much different now.(I work in Brainerd or Camp Ripley weekly)

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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Although I don't know where they are selling the wood, I have seen this trucks near a tree trimming place west of I-35 on Booneville Road. Wright Tree Trimming is out there, but these trucks were parked another place right across from Hallet Materials. They have a sign out there advertising firewood for sale.

    Get off on Grand Ave exit on 35, head west about 2-3 miles, north side of the road.

    At least I think that is them?



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    Oddly enough, I'm the State Entomologist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. And even more odd ... there is a whole state law and corresponding administrative rules about plant pests and the movement of said pests into Iowa. And, I'm the *lucky* person that tries to enforce it. (I really should write a book, because I get the most bizarre phone calls on a daily basis about everything from beetles the medical examiner finds on their 'clientele' [not my expertise, but always interesting] to citizen reports on firewood - or a thousand other topics mildly related to insects and plant pathogens.)

    Q. Out of state firewood - legal in Iowa?
    A. Maybe. First, it's NOT RECOMMENDED because of the numerous pest issues associated with the movement of firewood. Second, areas know to be infested with EAB are federally (and state) quarantined - thus blocking the movement unless the wood is 'treated' under supervision of the USDA (treatments = fumigation, heat treatment or removal of bark + 1/2" of wood).

    Q. What states/areas are quarantined for EAB?
    A. A map can be found here - areas surrounded by the dark blue line are federally quarantined.

    Q. Has EAB been found in Iowa?
    A. Nope [sighhh]. In 2009 656 purple traps were place in high risk locations, and another 440+ 'trap trees' were set up by the DNR. To date, no infestations have been found in Iowa.

    (I know you're going to ask this, so I'll just cover it too)
    Q. But what about the reported beetle found in Clayton County in June?
    A. A beetle was turned in, but when the tree the beetle supposedly came from was examined, there was no evidence of infestation. Nadda. 167 of the 656 purple traps in Iowa this year were placed in a 88 sq mile grid around that 'find' and all came up negative. Because of the lack of infestation evidence in the suspect tree, coupled with the wobbly chain-of-custody of said beetle sample, we are not calling the situation an official infestation.

    With all that said, we take citizen calls very seriously, and do our best to follow up on calls about suspect trees - and trucks selling firewood. Ain't life fun when you're an entomologist?
    I'm counting this as my "1 thing I learned today from CF"



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    Re: MN-origin firewood in Urbandale??

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    I'm counting this as my "1 thing I learned today from CF"
    Wow! I needed that after my generally crummy day!


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