Good afternoon, State Plant Health Directors and State Plant Regulatory Officials!
The USDA APHIS Hungry Pests initiative is partnering with the Don’t Move Firewood campaign to run the first-ever Firewood Awareness Month in October 2016. The primary goal is to raise public awareness about firewood movement as a forest pest and disease pathway. The timing is strategic, as October is a month that brings a visceral reminder that home heating season is coming, with colder temperatures in most of the U.S, as well as travel for hunting. Firewood Awareness Month is intentionally not species-centric—it is a focus on a critical pathway - and it offers a chance to reach target audiences who pose the greatest risk for moving firewood in the fall season. Please help get the word out:
It’s easy! Just copy and paste the note below and send it with the attached Stakeholder Toolkit. Please contact Abbey Powell (email@example.com) if you have any questions. Thank you for promoting Firewood Awareness Month!Firewood Awareness Toolkit (2MB PDF)