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Emerald Ash Borer - Firewood

On its own, EAB travels about ½ mile per year. With human help, it travels 55 miles per hour or even more! Please, don’t move firewood.

Campground managers, foresters and many others are encouraging their clients “Don’t move firewood” this summer and throughout the year. Movement of infested firewood has been one of the main methods of long-distance dispersal of emerald ash borer (EAB). The legal regulations regarding firewood movement can be rather confusing, with some examples listed below. In order to avoid the hassle, simply “Buy it where you burn it.”

  • A federal quarantine is in place around all of the known EAB-infested areas of the U.S.  Moving firewood and other ash products out of the quarantine area is illegal unless very specific, highly detailed rules are followed.
  • ND Forest Service – prohibits out-of-state firewood at their campgrounds, but they will provide a free bundle of firewood for each paid campsite.  Additional firewood is available for $3.00 per bundle.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – at campgrounds in North Dakota, firewood must originate within 100 miles of the campground, unless it has been officially certified as pest-free.
  • MN Department of Natural Resources – in Minnesota, regulations were amended in December 2017 regarding firewood use on DNR lands including state parks:



Firewood Alert - flier developed by ND Forest Service.  Urging all campers and others, "Don't move firewood", and "Burn it where you buy it."



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