All types of out-of-state firewood are prohibited via Florida’s state plant protection laws and rules – hardwood, softwood, seasoned and green – unless the firewood is accompanied by a permit issued by the state plant protection organization at origin. There are also limited exemptions for sources of firewood within 50 miles of the Florida state border and for commercial businesses with a valid permit. Most of the Florida State Parks prohibit gathering firewood on site and instead encourage the purchase of local firewood for camping. Within the state of Florida, multiple state authorities highly encourage both residents and visitors to use local sources of firewood (within 50 miles of where it will be transported and used) to prevent the movement of pests. Firewood that has been stored outdoors may be considered a regulated item for either the imported fire ant, the giant African snail, or both- and thus cannot be moved outside of each respective pest’s quarantine boundaries. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 18 September 2019.
Florida Web Resources:
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Firewood Regulations
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- “Protect the Trees You Love” Florida Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program Brochure
- State of Florida Rule on Firewood and Unprocessed Wood Products
- Hungry Pests, Florida Page
- Laurel Wilt Disease Information
- Giant African Snail information
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
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