The state of Kentucky strongly advises residents and visitors to purchase local or certified, heat-treated firewood to avoid moving forest pests. Some examples of forest pests that have destroyed trees in Kentucky or surrounding areas are the emerald ash borer, spongy moth, spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle, and laurel wilt disease.

Campgrounds in parks and protected areas within Kentucky (KY) have strict rules to control the spread of invasive pests that are known to hide in firewood. For example:

Many surrounding states have regulations that affect the legality of taking firewood out of Kentucky. Check out the Firewood Map to learn the firewood rules in your area and destination; to be safe, buy firewood where you will burn it.

Find a local firewood seller in Kentucky by using

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 29 August 2023.

Statewide and Site Based Resources for Kentucky

Pest Related Information

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