Alabama state authorities ask the public to adhere to the following firewood guidelines to limit the spread of harmful forest pests in Alabama:
- Buy and use locally harvested firewood
- If you are visiting from another state, leave your firewood at home
- Purchase firewood at your destination or collect dead and down firewood when permitted
All of Alabama is within the imported fire ant quarantine region which means it is illegal to transport firewood from Alabama to states outside the quarantine area.
Using only local firewood will help protect Alabama’s forests from damaging invasive pests like emerald ash borer, imported fire ant, and laurel wilt which have caused major issues in Alabama and many other states. Nearby states harbor other pests which have the potential to thrive in Alabama such as the giant African land snail, thousand cankers disease, and spongy moth. Such pests pose a serious threat to the health of Alabama’s natural resources. These harmful insects can infest new areas when people transport firewood from one place to another.
Campgrounds often have their own rules and restrictions on the use or movement of firewood. For example, Natchez Trace Parkway and Gulf State Park prohibit outside firewood. Be sure to check the rules at your destination before traveling with firewood. When in doubt, buy it where you burn it.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 22 June 2021.
Alabama Web Resources:
- Alabama Forestry Commission
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Hungry Pests Alabama Page
- Plant Diagnostic Clinic, Auburn University
Pest Specific Information
- Little Critters, BIG Threat pest factsheet AL Forestry Commission
- Emerald Ash Borer Information, AL Forestry Commission
- Emerald Ash Borer Ash Range and Known County Location Map
- Imported Fire Ant Information and Map Archives, USDA APHIS
- Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Map
- Information on Laurel Wilt Disease, AL Forestry Commission
- Laurel Wilt Distribution Map Oct. 2021
- European Spongy Moth North America Quarantine Map
Firewood Business Related Information
- Plant Protection Administrative Code, Alabama Department of Agriculture
- Alabama Plant Regulation Summary
- Alabama 2020 Forest Action Plan, Alabama Forestry Commission
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