Firewood resolutions for 2014

Do you want to protect trees and forests from invasive pests this year? Here's a list of resolutions to help you buy and burn firewood the right way.

 

  • First, don’t move firewood. That means use firewood from under 50 miles as a general rule of thumb- although in some places, the rules can be 10 miles or even no movement at all.
  • Instead, buy or cut, and burn, locally cut firewood.
  • If you must move firewood, buy certified heat treated bundled wood
  • If you or someone you know has already moved firewood, burn it completely. Do not take it back, do not leave it. Make sure to pick up and burn any bark that gets knocked off- those little pieces can have hundreds of insect eggs on them!
  • Tell your friends that in 2014, you have resolved not to move firewood

Thanks for everyone’s support this year, and have a Happy New Year!

Why do we talk about Christmas trees and wreaths?

Christmas trees and general holiday greenery is really different stuff from firewood- so why do we do we put so much effort into getting out the word during the holiday season? Simply put, our year round readers ask us a lot of Christmas tree seasonal type questions, and we’ve decided to “give the people what they want!” Just like firewood, our advice is to buy local, and/or buy from a reputable dealer. Christmas trees are actually a pretty well regulated product, so as long as you are buying from a licensed local business, your potential to accidentally spread pests is very low.

Two new resources as of December 2013:

  • Did you know that you should look for, remove, and leave on site any birds nests you might accidentally find in a ‘wild’ cut Christmas tree? We had a great discussion on the topic on our Facebook account on December 17th, 2013
  • The invasive Balsam Woolly Adelgid doesn’t travel on firewood, but it can travel on contaminated Christmas trees and wreath or garland material. All the more reason to buy from a licensed local business, not a ‘fly by night’ tree dealer on the side of the road. Learn more about the threat of BWA to the Canaan Valley Fir here.

Visit our Holiday Greenery reference page for all current links and resources!

Happy Holiday season, everyone!

A few favorite resources for Firewood

Ever wondered where Don't Move Firewood gets all its information? It is a mix of help from all the amazing partners we have (thanks, everyone!) and frequently scouring the internet for new ideas and information. Here's a few favorite places that help us think about firewood in the big picture.

 

  • USFS Forest Products Laboratory runs a great blog named Lab Notes
  • The EPA has a program named BurnWise that delves deeply into all sorts of wood burning questions.
  • There are a lot of great Twitter accounts useful to forest health education, here's a few handy ones that are updated quite frequently
  •   – @albtweets
  •   – @emeraldashborer
  •   – @foresthealth
  •   – @playcleango

 

Of course, there are a plethora of other websites with information on specific pests, regional issues, and other more specific concerns. But you have to start somewhere!

Christmas tree season!

Will you be using the upcoming holiday weekend to cut down your own fresh, local, Christmas tree? Or maybe buy one at a local nursery yard or hardware store? Great!

Just like firewood, our advice is to buy local, and/or buy from a reputable dealer. Christmas trees are actually a pretty well regulated product, so as long as you are buying from a licensed local business, your potential to accidentally spread pests is very low.

We cover this topic every year, so visit our Holiday Greenery page, including our catchy “12 Tree Tips of Christmas,” for the most current information!

Happy Holiday Season!

Moving Firewood from Massachusetts to Connecticut?

Tough one on the Dear Don't Move Firewood email hotline this weekend!

 

Dear Don't Move Firewood,

We sell firewood in Massachusetts, very close to Connecticut state line.  How far is too far to move firewood in MA and CT?  … We are only selling hardwood, no Pine, cut mostly in (Springfield area, MA).  We currently have a request from (Windsor Locks area, CT). (edited to combine correspondence)

Yours,

Firewood Seller in MA

 

Dear Firewood Seller in MA,

That's a tough one, because you crossing between two states with their own specific regulations. I got a little confused when I tried to figure out the exact answer, and ended up just calling the helpful folks at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station to get the facts. Turns out that due to the firewood being from out-of-state, you'll need a permit (specifically, Connecticut Permit Application to Move Regulated Wood Articles). The good news is that the Springfield area of MA is not currently under quarantine nor regulation for any major pests, so it is reasonable to guess that you will be granted a permit. And moving firewood from Springfield area to a customer in the Windsor Locks CT area is a pretty short distance- 20 miles or less – so there isn't a compelling reason to think this is a problem if the permit is granted.

 

Good luck, and thanks for asking!

 

p.s. when in doubt, try consulting our map! We do our best to keep up to date in all 50 states and Canada.

 

 

 

From one part of Tennessee to the other?

Dear Don't Move Firewood,

 

We have firewood from Estill Springs, TN and would like to transport it to Chattanooga to use in our fireplace. It is white oak and hickory. Thank you! (editors note: edited to shorten)

 

Yours,

Fireplace User

 

Dear Fireplace User,

 

The state of Tennessee has several invasive forest pests and a couple different regulations at play, so I asked two local experts- Tim Phelps with the Tennessee Division of Forestry and Elizabeth Long from the University of Tennessee Extension Service – to give me formal opinions. Their quotes are below, but the super short version is this- Estill Springs to Chattanooga with oak and hickory is technically legal, but at that distance, it is really not a great idea.

 

And here it is, first from Tim:

 

“Thank you so much for helping to protect our forests by trying not to spread pests. Your attention to the Don’t Move Firewood message is very encouraging and we hope you’ll continue to help spread the word, not the bugs.

 

The short answer to your question is that it would best to get your firewood from a more local source. The reality is that moving firewood from an infested hill to the other side moves it that much further. It is best to try to keep it within 10 miles; 50 miles is pushing it and that’s about the distance you are looking at. That said, there are currently no state regulations for moving firewood out of Franklin Co. However, please note that if you were to move firewood from Franklin Co. into Hamilton Co., you would be restricted from transporting it back out. Hamilton Co. is currently under quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer, which kills ash trees, and buffer regulated for Thousand Cankers Disease, which kills walnut trees. Each restriction prohibits the transport of firewood outside the county line. More information on these and other forest pests of Tennessee can be found on ProtectTNForests.org.”

 

And then from Elizabeth:

 

"Officially under the Thousand Cankers Disease State of Tennessee Quarantine, moving hardwood firewood from Franklin county to Hamilton county is not illegal.  The Quarantine prevents the movement of potentially infested hardwood firewood from inside the Quarantine area to (hopefully) non-infested areas outside the Quarantine area. 

 

If the residents are absolutely sure that these trees are white oak and hickory, not black walnut, then there no risk of spreading TCD by moving the firewood as the insects and disease are primarily found infesting black walnut.  The reason all hardwood firewood is regulated is that most people cannot tell hardwood tree species apart once the trees are cut into firewood.

 

More information on TCD and the quarantine may be found at:  http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/regulatory/tcd.shtml"

 

Halloween bug mask collection

Viewed up close, the world of invasive insects is pretty amazing. Suddenly you see antennae that resemble golden cacti– or exuberant fluffy feathers. Mouths used for chewing leaves and trees turn out to have odd mustaches or scary brutal chompers. Perfect for Halloween!

(left to right: gypsy moth, goldspotted oak borer, Asian longhorned beetle, walnut twig beetle, and emerald ash borer)

Don't Move Firewood would like to introduce our new collection of ready-to-print invasive insect masks. Each mask comes with brief instructions and can be made using just string and crayons, or more ambitious mask artists can use (depending on the insect) suggestions of glitter, feathers, and yarn embellishments.

 

ED. NOTE: WE NOW HAVE ADDED PRE-COLORED INSECT MASKS FOR 2014!

 

These free masks are great for working with student groups, cub scouts, or anyone young at heart. We're introducing them for Halloween for fun, but they are appropriate for any firewood and invasive forest insect outreach all year round.

 

To help you select a mask that applies well to the trees and issues where you live and work, below we've suggested just two each for of the USA's and Canada's basic regions. However, these are just suggestions, so feel free to look at all five insects if you'd like. Enjoy!

Northeastern USA, Mid Atlantic USA, and Eastern Canada

 

Great Lakes USA and Central Canada

 

Midwestern USA and Great Plains USA

 

Interior Western USA

 

Southwestern USA

 

Pacific Northwestern USA and Western Canada

 

Southeastern US

2013 Firewood Education and Regulation roundup

Congratulations to ourselves! Don't Move Firewood just finished its annual roundup of state based firewood regulations and educational campaigns, and wow, that file is a doozy. You can download the excel spreadsheet here, or if you want a PDF (warning! many of the links do not work on the pdf version- but it does print out nicely) you can certainly download that here.

 

If you are just interested in looking up a specific state, please visit our State-by-State map page and select the state you are looking for. We have updated all 50 states and Canada, accurate as of October 3rd 2013.

Oak trees cut in New Jersey?

Dear Don't Move Firewood,

I live in NJ near the Asian Longhorn beetle problem… I was browsing on Craigslist for something and came across this guy trying to sell his oak trees in (town), NJ. This got me worried and want to ensure it was OK for him to move this stuff all over the state but I can't find any info anywhere on how to check it out or who to alert that he is doing this. Is moving this wood OK? 

Yours,

Concerned Citizen (editor's note: question was edited for length)

 

Dear Concerned Citizen,

I'm so glad you asked, because this is a common scenario. Someone cuts down trees and wants to get rid of the wood. What then? Well, for New Jersey, let's ask Carl Schulz, Director of the Division of Plant Industry for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, for an official statement. Here's what Carl says: 

 

"The State of New Jersey does not regulate the movement of firewood, now that the ALB quarantine has been rescinded, following our successful eradication campaign in partnership with the USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine program and the New Jersey Forest Service.   The Department of Agriculture has an aggressive outreach project to strongly encourage consumers to buy their firewood locally, and to not transport firewood.

 

The National Park Service doesn’t allow firewood to be brought into their campgrounds at Delaware Water Gap or Sandy Hook; the New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry discourages visitors from bringing firewood in their facilities – firewood can be purchased at most New Jersey State Parks with camping facilities; and the majority of private campgrounds in New Jersey do not allow firewood to be brought into their campgrounds and have firewood available for purchase."

 

So the short answer is that while this oak wood should not be moved, it isn't regulated nor prohibited. It is just strongly suggested that they not move it very far. There would be nothing wrong with someone selling oak wood locally- perhaps a neighbor wants to use it as firewood, or a custom furniture maker in town wants the oak slabs for woodwork. That'd be fine. But it is inadvisable to move it more than 50 miles maximum, ideally under 10 or 20.

 

Also, one final point of clarification for readers. While moving oak wood isn't a good idea because it could spread all sorts of pests that affect oak (potentially pests like oak wilt, sudden oak death, gypsy moth, others) the Asian longhorned beetle itself does not infest oaks. Plenty of pests do infest oaks, but ALB does not.

 

Firewood Outreach Professionals Newsletter

Did you know that Don’t Move Firewood publishes a monthly newsletter? That’s right, we are the source of the Firewood Outreach Professionals Newsletter, which is managed as part of the Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative. We have over a thousand subscribers and we’re always looking for short, relevant stories that pertain to firewood and invasive forest pests.

Four things for your information:

  • Sign up by clicking on the yellow eNewsletter box on the left side column on this page (if you are reading this on a smartphone, scroll down to find the yellow eNewsletter box)
  • Send us a story via the Contact Us page. We always want to hear from you!
  • Browse our FOCI related webinars – most are available as recordings, linked within each page.
  • Below is our archive with topics listed in brief, or you can see a list on our Resource Library.

2017

  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ July 2017 – Get Ready for Great American Eclipse, Farm Bill 10007 Open Period, Is Offering Free Firewood a Viable Solution, Tree Check Month is in August, Map Quiz Path of Totality, Public Comment on Utah Regulations, Continental Dialogue reminder, National Moth Week in July
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ June 2017 – Tennessee Partnerships create success, National Moth Week is in July, Tree Check Month is in August, Map Quiz Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Update Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Michigan, Summer Inspiration
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ May 2017 – Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, Webinar Political Protest and Firewood Movement are a Tricky Combination, Save the Date on Continental Dialogue, Map Quiz Pine Shoot Beetle, New quick Don’t Move Firewood Videos
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ April 2017 – April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is in May, FOCI Webinar Moving Firewood in the Western States, Map Quiz Mountain Pine Beetle, Pest Profile on Velvet Longhorned Beetle, Wanted Guest Blogs
  • No newsletter in February nor March due to a variety of minor mishaps
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ January 2017 – Annual State Summary Review, Don’t let your forest pests visit North Dakota, 2017 NISAC, Webinar The People Have Spoken, Using Forest and Firewood National Polling Data, Map quiz Asian longhorned beetle across the pond, new Don’t Move Firewood website

2016

  • No newsletter in December, see you in 2017!
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ November 2016 –  Christmas tree buying, Firewood Awareness Month, Firewood for Home Heating Infographic, Map Quiz Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer University, Webinar on Forest and Firewood National Polling
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ October 2016 – Firewood Awareness Month, Webinar on Forest and Firewood Polling Survey, Bug Masks for Halloween, Map Quiz Plum Pox Virus, Firewood and Standing Rock Protest, Get Ready for Christmas Trees questions
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ September 2016 – Firewood Awareness Month in October, Webinar on Forest and Firewood 11 Year Polling Summary, Register for Continental Dialogue today, Gypsy moth map quiz, Emerald ash borer map changes in Delaware and Rhode Island, Halloween Bug Masks
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ August 2016 – Tree Check Month, Comment period on IPPC International Movement of Wood Standards, Farm Bill Open period, Register for Continental Dialogue, Gypsy Moths, Firewood Awareness Month, Don’t Move Firewood getting a new website
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ July 2016 – Don’t Move Firewood new website survey, August is Tree Check Month, Farm Bill open period, register for continental dialogue, emerald ash borer in nebraska, texas, and new city in Colorado, Firewood Awareness Week Partners
  • No newsletter in June
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ May 2016 – Let’s Go Camping infographic, Emerald ash borer week, continental dialogue meeting, Spotted lanternfly emergence is in May, Fact checking state summary
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ April 2016 – Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, EAB and ALB costumes, Laurel Wilt Recovery Plan, pine shoot beetle regulated area, Don’t Move Firewood success stories
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ March 2016 – New Hampshire on Firewood Scout, Get Ready for Adventure Infographic, Emerald Ash Borer University, Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, Treating Firewood is  Hot Topic, Emerald Ash Borer Map, Handouts for Summer Staff, Outreach materials ordering
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ February 2016 – Webinar Alert Treating Firewood is a hot topic, congratulations to Farm Bill 10007, NISAW 2016, new website addresses, changing firewood regulations, ordering outreach materials
  • Firewood Outreach Professional News_ January 2016 – State Summary Review, NISAW, Webinar on Encouraging Behavior change via social media, Disposing of Christmas Trees, Vermont firewood regulation, Ordering Outreach Materials, Bird watchers and the great Backyard Bird Count

2015

  • No newsletter in December, see you in 2016!
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 November 12 – Firewood for Home Heating Infographic, Buying Christmas trees, Disposing of Christmas trees, Christmas Bird Count, Holes in Trees handout, polyphagous shot hole borer, kuroshio shot hole borer
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 October 14 – Hungry Pests Middle School curriculum, Firewood webinar, french insect masks, gypsy moth, brown marmorated stink bug
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 September 12 – Continental Forest Dialogue, National Forest Products Week, Halloween bug masks, Laurel wilt geography
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 August 12 – Tree Check Month, Asian longhorned beetle, spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer geography
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 July 15 – Tree Check Month, Asian longhorned beetle, Vermont Firewood Awareness Week success, Firewood Scout, California firewood task force
  • No newsletter in June
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 May 13 – Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, Vermont Firewood Awareness Week plans, Forest Pest Fly Tying Project, Kid’s Corner, Bug tattoos
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 April 15 – Farm Bill 10007 funding, Arbor Day, Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, Continental Forest Dialogue, Asian longhorned beetle, Know your fire ants
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 March 10 – Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, Firewood state summary and regulation map, Great Smoky Mountain National Park firewood regulation
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 February 11 – Plant Heroes Curriculum Hub, Firewood Scout, Goldspotted oak borer distribution, Firewood toolbox
  • FOCI Newsletter 2015 January 14 – National Invasive Species Awareness Week, North Carolina Firewood Outreach, How to dispose of your Christmas Tree, Great Smoky Mountain National Park firewood regulation

2014

2013

Regrettably, while FOCI newsletters were issued prior to April of 2013, they were not maintained at permanent links and are no longer available.