Starting March 2, Bismarck forestry staff will begin a citywide search for elm tree firewood piles because it is the breeding habitat for the elm bark beetle, the cause of Dutch elm disease.
Wood owners will be asked to debark, burn or dispose of overwintering elm wood within 10 days of being notified.
If elm wood is found, it will be marked with orange paint to help the homeowner to identify the elm wood.
The notice will contain a description of the elm bark beetle and how it uses elm wood as a breeding ground. The notice will also describe how to identify elm wood.