The state of Arkansas has several regulations in place to protect the state’s natural resources from invasive tree pests such as emerald ash borer, imported fire ant, laurel wilt, Spongy moth, and thousand cankers disease, all of which can spread to new areas when people transport firewood. For example, it is illegal to move firewood into Arkansas from states known to be infested with thousand cankers diseases. Also, because some areas of Arkansas are invaded by the imported fire ant, it is against state law to move firewood out of southern Arkansas. Overall, the state of Arkansas advises residents and visitors buy local firewood, ideally within 50 miles of its origin, to prevent the spread of the invasive forest pests.
Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests advise firewood users to access local sources (e.g., nearby National or State Forests that offer firewood permits) when harvesting firewood for personal use. Firewood should be purchased at Arkansas State Park campgrounds or be collected from the immediate vicinity to avoid the spread of damaging forest pests. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission suggests hunters gather dead and downed branches to meet their campfire needs.
For information on pests, quarantines, or regulated items, the Arkansas State Plant Board may be contacted at: 501-225-1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 3 July 2021.
Arkansas’ Web Resources
- Arkansas Invaders
- Arkansas Firewood Resources & Regulations, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
- Ouachita National Forest Don’t Move Firewood
- Ozark- St. Francis National Forests Firewood
- Arkansas Forest Health, Arkansas Forestry Commission
- Don’t Move Firewood! Protect Trees from the EAB
Pest Specific Resources
- Arkansas State Plant Board Quarantine Listings for Imported Fire Ant and Thousand Cankers Disease
- Thousand Cankers Disease in Arkansas
- Thousand Cankers Disease Information and Map Archives
- European Spongy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Emerald Ash Borer Known Range and Infested Counties Map
- Imported Fire Ant information and Map Archives
- Laurel Wilt Disease in Arkansas
- Laurel Wilt Disease National Distribution Map
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