Visitors to Indiana cannot legally bring firewood from states with a known occurrence of thousand canker disease (TCD). TCD is a disease caused by the walnut twig beetle which can spread to new areas via the movement of firewood.
Visitors to state parks, reservoirs, state forests, or fish & wildlife areas in Indiana (IN) as well as the Hoosier National Forest are permitted to bring firewood if:
- It is kiln-dried scrap wood with no bark
- It is Indiana-grown firewood and has all bark removed
- It is labeled with a USDA or Indiana compliance stamp
- It is purchased from the property camp store or on-site firewood vendor
The IN Department of Natural Resources highly encourages residents and visitors to purchase firewood from a local vendor for their home and recreational uses. Indiana Dunes National Park also asks visitors buy firewood from local vendors to prevent the spread of invasive forest pests. Private campgrounds in Indiana often have their own firewood rules. Be sure to determine the firewood policy at your destination before bringing firewood; when in doubt, buy firewood where you burn it!
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 12 September 2022.
Indiana Web Resources:
- Firewood Rules and Information, IN Department of Natural Resources
- Indiana Compliant Firewood Vendors
- Insects in Firewood brochure, Purdue University
- Reporting Plant Pests, IN Dept. of Natural Resources
- Spotted Lanternfly Found in Indiana! Purdue Landscape Report
- Emerald Ash Borer page, Purdue Extension
- Spongy Moth, IN DNR
- Spongy Moth Federal Quarantine Map
- Thousand Cankers Disease – IN DNR
- Walnut Twig Beetle, CAPS Survey
- Landscape Entomology Lab, Purdue University
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