Pest Invading Our California Live Oak: Campers Buy Your Wood Where You Camp!

U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest, Calif. – Big news, and it is not great. A tree-killing pest has been detected in the Big Bear area, specifically the Sugarloaf neighborhood. U.S. Forest Service staff, along with CAL FIRE San Bernardino/Inyo/Mono Unit, last week found goldspotted oak borers, an invasive species from Arizona, on a recently-killed oak tree on private property. This is the second known infestation within the forest, the first being in Idyllwild on private property in 2012.

For homeowners, if you have oak trees that have recently died and have been cut down, it’s critical to make sure the wood is not infested before transporting it. The saying goes, “Spread the news, not the pest!”

For campers, please buy your wood locally. Bringing oak wood to the campground could transport more borers to the mountain.

Photo courtesy Center for Invasive Species Research, UC Riverside


Want to know about the goldspotted oak borer? Think you found them and need to report it? Go to

For more information about the recent detection, go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture site:


Simone Graham – Editor High Desert Gazette

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