The Iowa Emerald Ash Borer Team urges campers, travelers, and homeowners to purchase or harvest, and burn, their firewood locally to avoid the spread of pests and diseases that hitchhike on firewood. The entire State of Iowa is under federal quarantine for emerald ash borer, which means it is legally acceptable to move firewood from county to county within Iowa, but against federal regulations to move firewood out of Iowa and into an area beyond the federal quarantine (see map). All firewood sold in Iowa is required to have labeling that includes the county and state of harvest. Many out-of-state visitors to Iowa live in areas under quarantine for pests such as gypsy moth, thousand cankers disease, and Asian longhorned beetle, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (including items such as firewood and wood chips) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Iowa. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 19 September 2019.
Iowa Web Resources:
- Iowa Tree Pests – Emerald Ash Borer Laws Page
- Iowa Tree Pests Home Page
- Intrastate Quarantine of Iowa (as of February 2014)
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Emerald Ash Borer page
- Iowa State University Extension – Explanation of Firewood Labeling Requirements
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- European Gypsy Moth Iowa
- Thousand Cankers Disease information and map archives
- Summary of Plant Protection Regulations for Iowa (2019)
- Buying and Selling Wood in Iowa
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