Connecticut state regulations prohibit the movement of firewood into or within the state if it comes from an area under federal or state quarantine for a regulated forest pest; this is unless the firewood is properly labeled to indicate it underwent certified, heat-treatment sterilization, is accompanied with the required permit(s), and/or is otherwise in compliance with the relevant quarantine. Also, Connecticut recently enacted a statewide quarantine on spotted lanternfly which further restricts the movement of firewood from regulated areas. These regulations are designed to prevent the spread of invasive tree pests such as the spotted lanternfly and Asian lonhorned beetle which have the potential to devastate natural and agricultural resources in Connecticut and beyond. These insects, and others of concern in Connecticut (e.g., emerald ash borer), can infest new areas when people move firewood. As a result, authorities in Connecticut advise that you buy and use only local or certified, heat-treated firewood. If you do decide to move firewood in Connecticut, you must possess a self-issued firewood transportation certificate including the origin and destination of the wood.
Connecticut State Parks often prohibit the entry of out-of-state firewood. As an alternative, firewood can be either purchased at the camp stores within the park or at the local retail sellers; travelers may also bring certified, heat-treated firewood.
Many nearby states (e.g., ME, NH, NY, VT) have strict regulations prohibiting or limiting the movement of firewood into their states. To ensure you are in compliance with local firewood regulations, please visit the Firewood Map and learn about the rules of other states prior to taking firewood out of Connecticut.
Connecticut Web Resources:
- Regulations on the Movement of Firewood, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection (DEEP)
- Enforcement of Firewood Transport Restrictions, State of Connecticut
- In-State Firewood Transportation Self Issued Certificate of Origin, State of Connecticut
- Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Pest Specific Resources:
- Emerald Ash Borer in Connecticut
- Asian Longhorned Beetle Information, USDA APHIS
- Spotted Lanternfly Information, Connecticut DEEP
- Confirmed Spotted Lanternfly Locations, NY Integrated Pest Management Program
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