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About EAB: The non-native emerald ash borer beetle is killing ash trees across the region. Summit Metro Parks crews will be taking down thousands of ash trees in the next few years, some of which are already dead or dying. Other trees will be removed preemptively in areas near trails, parking lots and buildings. For more information about EAB, click here. (Photo credit: ODNR)  


The destructive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle does have one benefit: firewood.

The invasive insect is forcing Summit Metro Parks crews to cut ash trees, and the park district will soon have more wood than it could ever burn in its pavilions, shelters and winter sports areas.

Summit County residents may download and complete a special-use permit to remove firewood under the following conditions:

  1. Only wood that has been cut, stacked and placed near a Metro Parks parking lot or parkway by park district employees may be removed. No wood may be taken from forests, trails or natural areas.
  2. Persons removing firewood must be Summit County residents and at least 18 years old.
  3. Stacked firewood is intended only for personal use and may not be sold or used for any commercial purposes.
  4. Only personal vehicles may be used to collect firewood. Vehicles must remain within parking lots or mowed berms adjacent to roads and parkways.
  5. No firewood may be removed from Summit County. Moving firewood across county lines may spread the emerald ash borer.
  6. Persons removing stacked firewood are responsible for any damage that may occur to park property.
  7. The use of personal equipment such as chainsaws or other tools is strictly prohibited.

Note: Firewood is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will not provide locations, dates or times it is available. If you see it, you can take it. Please be prepared to show your completed special-use permit and proof of Summit County residency (e.g., driver’s license, State of Ohio-issued identification, utility bill with current name/address) to Metro Parks staff.

For more information, call 330-867-5511 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.








Did You Know?

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It can take 10 to 12 years before a northern red oak is able to produce acorns, and it takes two years for an acorn to mature.

Slippery Sticks
Slippery elm trees are named for their inner bark, which is moist and slippery. American Indians used the bark to reduce swelling and take the venom out of a bite or sting. It is still used today to make throat lozenges.

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