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    Default Braaiwood into KNP

    We are shortly visiting Kruger for a month (caravaning). In the past we use to buy braaiwood before entering the park,is this still allowed or do one now have to buy inside the park at their price?


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    I have never had a problem taking wood into kNP from Komatipoort side - I doubt it would be any different from any other entrance route.
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    Default Re: Braaiwood into KNP

    If you care about Kruger, don't bring any in. They are trying to prevent the hole-shot borer beetle getting into Kruger. So bringing wood from Gauteng is irresponsible, whether currently still allowed or not.

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    The other problem to be aware of is the the locals selling at the gates are ravaging the veld in that area and chopping down anything they can sell as wood, causing great damage to the natural bush/wildlife habitat.
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    They have stopped people bringing wood into the national reserves, due to the shot gun beetle. it was on news 24. A week or two back.
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    I was NOT aware off these issue at all !
    If that is the case then I FULLY support NOT taking wood into KNP.

    However - you kind of burn it quite soon - I suppose you only need one or (probably two) to get away ... and THERE we go!

    So I fully support any reasonable counter-measures.

    HOWEVER:
    If we do not support the local communities ..... then ?
    So I DO understand both sides of the story.

    Too many questions and SO FEW answers ...

    Not ONE of us knows all the answers - it all boils down to: TOO MANY PEOPLE. WE ARE the virus!!!

    Eish - a "slight" bit off topic - but I do get worked up about these kind of issues - applogies, BUT I am posting it ANYWAY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-9 View Post
    They have stopped people bringing wood into the national reserves, due to the shot gun beetle. it was on news 24. A week or two back.
    Not quite correct. Unless you are able to find the report? I cannot find it.

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    Bringing firewood from outside is not banned, though should the beetle be found by researchers, such a ban may be imposed, says Navashni Govender, senior conservation manager in the KNP.
    I would however, not bring wood in, and rather buy inside, in order to prevent possible contamination and infestation issues.
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    Firstly... they have never asked us about wood when entering the park and have ignored the wood that we did bring in.... BUT


    Secondly... there is already evidence of this plague in the park. We were in Talamati last week and we identified a few trees that has this scourge and there large banners about the problem at the reception area.

    I would strongly suggest in either buying in park or making very sure that the wood you do take is not infested.....
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    I agree that no wood should enter from places far from Kruger.

    But at almost R40 a bag for real junk at Mopani, I will for sure bring in my own (from somewhere just outside the park)
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    https://www.fabinet.up.ac.za/index.php/research/7

    The invasion in South Africa

    Since its discovery in KwaZulu-Natal in 2017, the FABI team has confirmed the presence of the PSHB in eight of the nine provinces in South Africa. The only exception as of March 2019 is Limpopo, but that might merely be because appropriate samples have not been received from that province. Below is a list of all the host trees in South Africa on which the presence of the beetle and/or fungus have been confirmed with DNA sequences in FABI.
    Based on the experiences in California and Israel, avocado trees are among the most susceptible agricultural crop trees to PHSB infestation and FD. To date, it has been found on some backyard avocado's in Sandton and Knysna, and not in any commercial orchards in South Africa (Van den Berg et al. 2019). However, PSHB was discovered infesting pecan tree orchards in the Northern Cape and one pecan tree in Nelspruit. Other fruit trees in private gardens on which it has been found include lemon, orange, guava, peach, and grapevine. However, at this point there is no evidence suggesting that PSHB pose a threat to these crops, but producers should carefully monitor and report any infestations.
    In addition to agriculture, commercial forestry is another sector that is concerned. We have only found small numbers of roadside wattle trees with PSHB infestations in the Southern Cape, with a single roadside eucalyptus tree infested in Sandton. No trees in commercial plantations, including pines, have been detected with PSHB in South Africa.
    The most visible impact of the PSHB invasion in South Africa is in urban forests on street, park and garden trees, and this became the focus of many articles in the media. Many trees have been killed by PSHB in Sandton, George, and Knysna, while reports from Sedgefield, Bloemfontein, Ekhurhuleni, Jankempdorp, Hartbeesfontein, Pietermaritzburg and Durban suggest that the impact is becoming worse in those areas. The most common trees to be killed are English oak, Chinese maple, Japanese maple, boxelder, and sweetgum.
    Of great concern is the recent discovery of PSHB on London plane and sweetgum in Somerset West in the Cape Peninsula. With the major impact of the disease on oak trees in especially the George and Knysna areas, it is inevitable that the famous oaks of Stellenbosch and the surrounding wine farms will be dramatically impacted.
    Most unpredictable is the impact that the PSHB invasion will have on our native forests. Several native tree species were found to be infested in the gardens of Sandton, George and Knysna, with species like the coral tree, keurboom and Cape willow being particularly vulnerable and often killed. It is now known that the beetle is spreading from the urban areas into native forests close to the towns of George, Knysna and Durban. However, which species will be affected and to what extent, is unpredictable.

    I am not sure to what extent dried hardwoods from the bushveld will carry the beetle or fungus! My guess is that it prefers softer tropical/forest trees.
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    http://www.hurlingham.org.za/the-spr.../borer-beetle/

    Which trees are at risk?
    Believed to be native to South East Asia (Vietnam), the PSHB has wreaked havoc in California and Israel in especially avo orchards, and there is great concern that it is putting Johannesburg’s tree canopy at risk. It is not known how the beetle arrived in South Africa, but it has been already been detected in different parts of South Africa across an array of climatic conditions. Whilst other beetle species will attack only a certain species/ family of trees, the PSHB is ‘unique’ in that it does not seem to ‘favour’ any particular species of tree.

    As many as 50 different tree species have already been infected by the PSHB in South Africa – including some of our indigenous trees. Whilst other borer beetle species target ‘sickly’ trees or dead wood, the PSHB attacks both healthy and stressed trees. It does not appear to favour dead wood – probably on account of the fungus needing to replicate in the live sapwood of a tree.
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    Thank you guys. I share your sentiments and was worried about the borrer worm threat. In the past we use to buy at the filling stations outside the park.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    I agree that no wood should enter from places far from Kruger.

    But at almost R40 a bag for real junk at Mopani, I will for sure bring in my own (from somewhere just outside the park)

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    Yes you are allowed to take your own wood into Kruger. A lot of guys do it.

    With that being said, wood bought just outside the gate most probably come from local communities chopping down trees in the area. Depending on where your moral compass lie, one could argue if this is good or bad.

    We usually take our own charcoal and then buy wood inside the Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indabelly View Post
    Yes you are allowed to take your own wood into Kruger. A lot of guys do it.

    With that being said, wood bought just outside the gate most probably come from local communities chopping down trees in the area. Depending on where your moral compass lie, one could argue if this is good or bad.

    We usually take our own charcoal and then buy wood inside the Park.
    Wondering where the park gets its wood from??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Wondering where the park gets its wood from??
    In our estate in the bush, they remove loads and loads of sekelbos due to the animals not really browsing from its leaves. I presume in the Kruger the same is done, this and picking up of dead branches (in areas).

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    http://www.hurlingham.org.za/the-spr.../borer-beetle/

    Which trees are at risk?
    Believed to be native to South East Asia (Vietnam), the PSHB has wreaked havoc in California and Israel in especially avo orchards, and there is great concern that it is putting Johannesburg’s tree canopy at risk. It is not known how the beetle arrived in South Africa, but it has been already been detected in different parts of South Africa across an array of climatic conditions. Whilst other beetle species will attack only a certain species/ family of trees, the PSHB is ‘unique’ in that it does not seem to ‘favour’ any particular species of tree.

    As many as 50 different tree species have already been infected by the PSHB in South Africa – including some of our indigenous trees. Whilst other borer beetle species target ‘sickly’ trees or dead wood, the PSHB attacks both healthy and stressed trees. It does not appear to favour dead wood – probably on account of the fungus needing to replicate in the live sapwood of a tree.
    I identified some PSHB in a decorative wood thing I had at home. Didn't know what it was at the time.... eventually had to chuck the stuff as I was unable to kill them in its entirety.
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    Hi peter, yes I fully agree on the "numbers"

    The stripping of the veld for fire wood purposes, was the (main) reason that the Parks Board many years ago, stopped providing firewood to tourists. It Had a huge negative impact on the environment.

    Whilst I also feel for the local communities, they have in fact just continued where the Parks Board stopped and thus the negative impact has geographically expanded.



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    Default Re: Braaiwood into KNP

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Wondering where the park gets its wood from??
    From outside sources.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Wondering where the park gets its wood from??
    Valid question, but at least you know that there will be oversight regarding the sourcing of the wood with Sanparks involved.

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    Because of the disease threat and outside villagers destroying the bit thats left outside ..we only take in Braai Briquettes ..You still braai and chat around the braai and you do your bit for conservation too

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