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 the state natural areas (e.g., state parks, reservoirs, state forests, or fish & wildlife areas) as well as the Hoosier National Forest must do one of the following to use firewood at their campgrounds:

  • Bring kiln-dried firewood with no bark
  • Bring Indiana-grown firewood labeled with an Indiana compliance stamp
  • Collect downed, dead wood near the campsite
  • Purchase firewood from the park store or a local vendor

The Indiana 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 suppliers to prevent the spread of invasive forest pests. Private campgrounds in Indiana often have their own firewood rules. Please make sure you know the firewood policies at your destination before visiting. When in doubt, buy firewood where you burn it – this will help maintain the health of Indiana forests and beyond by reducing the spread of harmful tree pests.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 11 June 2021.

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