It is illegal to bring any untreated firewood (including both hardwood and softwood/conifer) from Canada into Alaska. A permit is required for cutting firewood on Alaska state land. Many of the lower 48 states have areas under quarantine for pests such as gypsy moth and Asian longhorned beetle, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (including items such as firewood and wood chips) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Alaska. Spruce bark beetle, a native forest pest, like to over-winter in firewood and will emerge during warmer weather. To avoid spreading pests like spruce bark beetle, don’t move firewood long distances within the state of Alaska. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 25 September 2019.
Alaska Web Resources:
- Alaska Department of Forestry Firewood on State Lands
- Alaska Division of Forestry Firewood Permit Page
- UAF Cooperative Extension: Harvesting Wood
- Hungry Pests, Alaska page
- Spruce Bark Beetle, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
- Spruce Bark Beetle Activity, news article August 2017
- Chugach National Forest Firewood Information Page
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