Going camping? Choosing a campsite or campground?
Or picking a place to park your camper? It’s the perfect vacation getaway. Pulling up to a beautiful campsite, enjoying nature, the woods or forest, in a state or national park. And you might be thinking about bringing firewood along from home. But don’t! Bringing firewood from home to the place you’re camping could put your favorite campsite, park, or forest in danger.
When you bring firewood camping, you risk carrying a tree killing insects or diseases right along with you.
The bugs can crawl out, spread to the trees and forest at the campground or state or national park, and begin to destroy those trees and forests. That means less fun for future campers- and less trees for everyone. We’re careful to extinguish campfires, pick up after ourselves in campgrounds, state parks and national parks, so we should be conscientious campers when it comes to firewood as well.
What can you do to stop the spread of damaging forest pests in or on firewood?
- Don’t bring firewood from home to your campsite. Instead, you can buy it where you burn it, buy certified heat-treated firewood, or gather on site when permitted.
- Make sure your local firewood comes from within 50 miles, and ideally within 10 miles, of where you plan to burn it.
- Leave any remaining local or gathered firewood at the campsite or with the camp host. Don’t take it home with you.
- Learn more about firewood rules and regulations in your area by visiting our USA and Canada Firewood Map.