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.
The National Plant Board Firewood Working Group developed the Firewood Guidelines, a professional resource consisting of current scientific, regulatory, outreach, and management strategies on the issue of forest pest transport within the U.S. firewood pathway.
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.