The Idaho Department of Agriculture strongly advises that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests both within the state, and to prevent pests from accidentally entering the state. Many visitors to Idaho live in areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and imported fire ant, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (most firewood is considered a regulated item) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Idaho. Firewood harvesting of whitebark pine is not permitted in multiple Idaho National Forests due to its declining population from increasing infection by white pine blister rust. Eighteen states in the Central and Eastern US prohibit bringing hardwood firewood originating from Idaho into their state, to prevent the movement of thousand cankers disease. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 8 January 2018.
Idaho Web Resources
- Invasive Species of Idaho, Camper and Firewood information page
- Idaho Department of Lands Forest Health, Insects and Diseases
- Idaho Department of Lands Don’t Move Firewood Poster, 2014
- USFS, Why There is No Firewood Harvesting of Whitebark Pine
- Thousand Cankers Disease information and map archives
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