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Whether used to heat your home or build a campfire, firewood is a must-have item for millions of Americans. However, firewood also presents a very real threat to the Nation's forests. Invasive species including the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the emerald ash borer (EAB), and gypsy moth can be spread into new areas of the country on firewood. To help stop the spread of these pests, APHIS has established quarantines that limit the movement of firewood and other host materials. Some States have also adopted regulations limiting the movement of firewood. In addition, APHIS has implemented public awareness campaigns and other efforts in known infested areas. However, these actions alone are not enough; it is up to all of us to contribute to the preservation of our Nation's urban, suburban and rural landscapes by committing to not move firewood. By “burning where you buy it” you can be sure that you're not moving these damaging forest pests into new areas.

National Firewood Task Force

To address the risk of interstate forest pest movement on firewood, APHIS work with State, federal, industry, and private sector organizations to coordinate regulatory, voluntary and outreach strategies to help limit the inadvertent spread of forest pests. Through the National Firewood Task Force, APHIS, the National Plant Board, National Association of State Foresters, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Parks Service developed a set of recommendations for State and Tribal officials to help combat this threat.

Importing Firewood from Canada

Invasive species can also move across international borders in firewood. In fact, the movement of firewood into the United States from all foreign countries, including Canada, is prohibited unless it has been properly treated.

Tips to Avoid Moving Invasive Pests in Firewood:

  • Always buy firewood that was cut locally or that has been properly heat-treated to kill any pests that may have been in or on it. If you’re unsure if the firewood is local or treated, ask the seller.
  • When traveling, buy firewood at your destination or purchase firewood that is labeled treated and certified. Many recreational areas have firewood for sale. Inquire when you make your reservations.
  • When you purchase firewood at your destination, burn it all—don't take it back home with you.

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