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 here's an archive in case you want to delve deeper.

 

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"