Haywood Co. Wood Quarantine
Updated: Monday, January 7 2013, 09:56 PM EST
For the first time a wood disease called “Thousand Cankers Disease” has appeared in North Carolina. It was discovered in the Great Smokies, and it's prompting the State Agriculture Department to place a quarantine on certain wood products. The disease primarily affects black walnut trees. Beetles bore in carrying a fungus which eventually kills the trees. To stop the spread, the state is restricting the movement of walnut plants and parts, including firewood, lumber, logs, and chips out of Haywood County. Forestry experts say it's the only way to slow down more infection. Exceptions to the quarantine include nuts, processed lumber, and finished wood products without bark.
By Rex Hodge