Dear Don’t Move Firewood,
I live in Albuquerque New Mexico and was planning to make a trip to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. What if any, are the restrictions for moving a pickup load of Hickory, Oak, Cherry and Apple back to NM with me when I return? Does this require any special permit? I plan to use the wood for heat and smoking meat.
Dear Barbecue Lover,
Thank you for asking, as the answer to this is quite clear. It is illegal to move a truckload of cut loose firewood from Pennsylvania to New Mexico due to multiple federal quarantines pertaining to firewood and forest pests. There is no permit process that I know of for personal use firewood to be moved over this great of a distance, and across the two federal quarantine boundary areas. I would urge you not to take this firewood back to New Mexico for both legal, and ecological, reasons. I hope that instead, you can find a good local source of firewood within the state of New Mexico for your needs! —
The two most obvious quarantines you would be violating are:
– Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine or General Information
– European Gypsy Moth Quarantine or General Information
In conclusion- there are significant restrictions and you’d be violating the law, so you should not move firewood from PA to NM. Thank you!