A reader, Bill, asked us recently...
Dear Don't Move Firewood
Do any eastern states, specifically PA,NJ, and NY have regulations about importing out of state logs, firewood, or hardwood mulch? Thank you.
Absolutely. In fact, an increasing number of states throughout the US are putting regulations into place on the interstate movement of firewood, logs, and mulch. Without getting into the deep dark details of the legalities and regulations, I can tell you this; New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvannia all regulate some of the commodities (logs, firewood, and mulch) that you mention.
Because of the large fines and legal questions potentially involved, I'm going to refrain from summing up each state. I'd urge you to investigate on your own, please. Here is a starting point for you for NY and PA. NJ's regulation is currently under review, as I understand it, and thus not available online.
New York, 192.5 Firewood restrictions to protect forests from invasive species
Pennsylvania, 40 Pa.B. 441, PA Order of Quarantine