Perry County, MO – All firewood, mulch would be prohibited from leaving county lines under quarantine

All transportation of Perry County firewood and mulch, regardless of the tree it’s derived from, could be prohibited from crossing county lines under the recent quarantine proposal issued through the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Due to the discovery in Perry County of an invasive insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer, a quarantine on all ash wood products is expected in the next month.

However, because it’s near impossible to discern where every piece of firewood or mulch is coming from, the department of agriculture is prohibiting any form of firewood or mulch from leaving Perry County.

“This will affect thousands in Perryville,” said Jay Stortz, a prominent Perry County firewood and mulch hauler. “The people in the firewood business, the people in auto shops — the ones who take care of our trucks, our haulers, our trailers — anyone who deals in any way with this business will be affected. It’s a trickle-down effect. KEEP READING >>