The Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia State Parks, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources all advise that campers and travelers within Georgia 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 Georgia. All of Georgia is now within the federal emerald ash borer quarantined area, which means that it is illegal to remove any firewood or ash tree related material from Georgia and into any non-quarantined state or region (see map). Georgia and Florida are both under quarantine to discourage the spread of citrus disease. Many neighboring and nearby states have areas under quarantine for pests such as European gypsy moth, thousand cankers disease, laurel wilt, and others- and it is illegal to move regulated items from quarantined zones out of those states and into Georgia. Firewood that has been stored outdoors in the state of Georgia may be considered a regulated item for the imported fire ant (IFA), and thus cannot be transported to a state or area not infested with IFA. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 23 February 2018.
Georgia Web Resources
- Forestry Commission, Don’t Move Firewood page
- Hungry Pests Georgia Page
- Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, see “Firewood & Campfires” section
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Georgia Invasive Species Task Force, EAB page
- Georgia Forestry Commission EAB FAQ
- Georgia Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine extension notice
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Don’t Move Firewood page
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
- Warning for Citrus Growers in Georgia
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