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11/16/2015 2:09:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
MINNESOTA REGULATES THE MOVEMENT OF FIREWOOD
Quarantines are in place by the State of Minnesota restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, into and within the state. An exterior quarantine was established to prevent the introduction of thousand cankers disease of walnut into our state. The quarantine prohibits the movement of all hardwood firewood into Minnesota from areas where thousand cankers disease occurs.

Interior quarantines were established for several counties to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer. The quarantines prohibit the movement of all hardwood firewood from a quarantined county, except as noted below.

The only hardwood firewood that can be moved out of quarantined counties is wood certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).All certified wood will have the MDA Certification Shield or USDA Certification Shield on the label. Certified wood has been processed or treated according to the standards required to mitigate plant pest risk before crossing quarantine boundaries.

Why are invasive pests a problem? Emerald ash borer and Gypsy moth are examples of invasive pests that have killed millions of trees in nearby states. In their native ranges these pests are kept in check by native predators. In the United States we do not have these native predators so populations explode. Others, such as thousand cankers disease of walnut, Asian long horned beetle and sirex wood wasp pose threats to the health of Minnesota's trees and forests.

FIREWOOD DOS AND DON'TS

Do

- Buy local firewood.

- Burn all firewood completely at each destination

- Move only Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified firewood out of a quarantine county or across state boundaries. (See logos in the "Minnesota Regulates the Movement of Firewood" section)

- Use firewood from nearby sources to heat your home or cabin.

- Tell your friends about the importance of not moving firewood.

Don't

- Move hardwood firewood out of a quarantine county, unless it is MDA or USDA Certified.

- Move opened firewood bundles.

- Move firewood long distances to or from your lake home or cabin.

Moving uncertified hardwood firewood out of quarantine is punishable up to a $7,500 fine per violation per day.

For questions about firewood regulations and invasive pests, contact:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture-Plant Protection Division

Arrest the Pest

Arrest.the.Pest@state.mn.us

Voicemail: 888-545-6684




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