Tickets issued for illegal firewood transport
RAY BROOK — Three people were ticketed recently for transporting firewood more than 50 miles without certification of heat treatment during a checkpoint held by the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Conservation Police.
“The spread of invasive insects through the illegal transportation of firewood must be prevented to protect both the Adirondack forest preserve and private woodland,” said DEC Regional Director Robert Stegemann in a press release. “Currently emerald ash borer is not found in or near the Adirondacks, we want to keep it that way.”
The checkpoint was set up to check for illegal transportation of untreated firewood in violation of regulation and quarantine orders. The firewood was confiscated and chipped on site for disposal to prevent the potential spread of invasive insects.
Regulation prohibits the import of firewood into New York unless it has been heat treated to kill pests such as emerald ash borer. It also limits the transportation of untreated firewood to less than 50 miles from its source. Quarantines restrict the movement of ash trees, ash products and firewood from all wood species in and around the areas where the ash borer has been found.
DEC Environmental Conservation Police will have more checkpoints across the state throughout the camping season. For more information, call (866) 640-0652 or go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html.
Shared services on Lake Placid School Board agenda
LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Central School Board will meet Tuesday, Aug. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room, Administrative Services Center, 50 Cummings Road.
A work session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to about 7, when the regular meeting will begin. Agenda items include a presentation by Brushton-Moira and St. Regis Falls School Superintendent Beverly Ouderkirk on shared services, a skateboard park presentation and discussion on the new Middle/High School handbook.
All board meetings are open to the public.