The Alabama Forestry Commission advises that campers and travelers within Alabama should buy and use locally harvested firewood to prevent the spread of pests within the state, and out of state visitors should leave their firewood at home when visiting Alabama. Several counties in Eastern Alabama are under quarantine for emerald ash borer, which means it is illegal to remove firewood from those areas and bring it into the rest of Alabama (see map below for specific counties under quarantine). All of Alabama is within the Imported Fire Ant (IFA) quarantined region, which means in many cases it is illegal to move firewood from Alabama into non-IFA areas (see map below for further details). Nearby, multiple states have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, thousand cankers disease, laurel wilt, gypsy moth, and others- and it is illegal to move regulated items from those quarantined zones into Alabama. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 8 January 2018.
Alabama Web Resources:
- Alabama Forestry Commission
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Little Critters Big Threat (brochure on Forest Pests by Alabama Forestry Commission)
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
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