Whether or not you use wood to heat your home or build a campfire, firewood is used by millions of us. Unfortunately, firewood also presents a very real threat to our Nation's forests. Invasive insects like the Asian longhorned beetle can be spread into new areas of the country through firewood.
While APHIS works with States on imposing quarantines to restrict the movement of potentially infested wood from areas that have the beetle, it is up to all of us to help protect our trees by not moving firewood. By buying or acquiring firewood where you will eventually burn it, you can stop damaging forest pests from getting into new areas.
Read the 2010 document Risk Assessment of the Movement of Firewood within the United States to see how firewood is a serious pathway for moving forest pests or visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/firewood.