Bismarck's Forestry Division is gearing up to search firewood piles for the elm bark beetle as part of the effort to protect trees in the city from Dutch elm disease.
Firewood can provide overwintering and breeding habitat for the beetle. Eliminating elm wood before spring destroys the overwintering beetles before they can emerge.
When conditions allow, city arborists will begin combing the city, looking for firewood piles that might contain elm wood. If elm wood is found, it will be marked with orange paint to aid the homeowner in the identification process. Wood owners will be given a notice and asked to debark, burn or dispose of the wood within 10 days.
If a homeowner doesn't comply, the city can do the work and charge the homeowner, or take the homeowner to municipal court.
For more information, go to https://bismarcknd.gov/1597/Elm-Bark-Beetle-Firewood-Inspection.