Most camp sites now provide firewood for campers which makes it a lot easier. This will help them know the wood is safe for you and for the environment. They can be sure the wood is clean and free of any bugs. The emerald ash beetle is one concern right now so a lot of places are not allowing people to bring in their own wood. This is their way of doing damage control to prevent any problems. You will want to make sure you bring extra money to purchase their wood. (related: What to Bring on a Float Trip)
The emerald ash beetle is a strong concern right now. There are a few reasons for this. There are now 14 states and 2 Canadian provinces that are being effected by these pests. There are many property owners who are really concerned about this. Most people just want to know exactly what they can do. There are insecticides that can be used to protect ash trees from these bugs. The treatment vary but a couple to mention for homeowners are Bayer advanced tree and shrub insect control and ACECAP 97 Systemic Insecticides tree implants. These can be used any where from mid April to mid June.
The Emerald ash borer is an exotic beetle that was discovered in Michigan in the summer of 2002. The adult beetle can cause only little damage by just nibbling on ash foliage. The larvae at the immature stage feed on the inner bark of the ash tree and can disrupt the trees ability to transport water and nutrients. These beetles probably arrived in United States on solid wood packing materials carried on ships or airplanes. They are native to Asia. Emerald ash borers are also established in Windsor, Ontario. They have been found in Ohio 2003, northern Indiana in 2004 as well as a few other states.
Since this discovery the emerald borer beetle has killed tens of thousands of ash trees in many states. This has caused regulatory agencies as well as the USDA to force quarantines and fines to prevent potential infest in asg trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving in and out of areas that are infested with the emerald borer beetles. These bugs have cost so many property owners, nurseries and forest product industries tens of thousands of dollars.
There is several research facilities doing research to find out the life cycle of these beetles. They are trying hard to find a way to detect new infestations as well as control the adult and larvae and contain the infestations. There are quarantines set up to prevent any infested trees from being transported and moved to new areas to start new infestations. These are very important places and most property owners are doing all they can to help.
This is why it is so important to not bring your own wood on your trip. Just by taking this precaution you can help prevent new infestations. This will cost you a little extra money but it is well worth it in the long run. The best thing about this is it is one less thing to pack for your trip, just do not forget to pick it up before heading out to your camp site.