I am using the Ash for several projects around the farm, repairing barn siding, bit of framing. Amish around here are using it for everything from furniture to wagon beds. I have some drying that will build a stair case in the house in a year or so. Main knock on Ash is it wont weather well, needs paint or kept dry. I haven't done a thing with mine to detour bugs but maybe need to??
As for the firewood moving laws they are a classic example of foolish laws that save or protect nothing. Beside of mother nature doing her thing every time the power goes out the big players in tree services and various power companies are teaming up and convoying from any where to anywhere in the US of A hauling chippers behind their chip chip trucks,,,,and hauling EAB with them. When I asked ODNR why such is allowed when the poor SOB hauling a load of firewood would get fined the answer was "do you want your power on or not?"