All firewood entering Kentucky State Parks must either be bundled, stamped USDA certified clean wood, or purchased in state with receipt of sale on hand. Within Kentucky, many individual counties have strict prohibitions against moving materials beyond county lines, to prevent the further spread of pests present in those regions. Cumberland Gap National Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Mammoth Cave National Park, and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area all have restrictions and/or prohibitions on bringing firewood into their parks. It is illegal to take untreated firewood out of Kentucky and into an area beyond the federal quarantine for emerald ash borer- this includes all of western Tennessee (see map). Lastly, authorities in the state of Kentucky advise that regardless of the quarantine status of your area, firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests within the state. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 8 February 2018.
Statewide and Site Based Resources for Kentucky
- Kentucky State Parks Firewood Policy
- Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist firewood information
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Cumberland Gap National Park Firewood information
- Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Alerts and Notices (scroll to very bottom for firewood notice)
- Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Firewood Quarantine
- Mammoth Cave National Park Firewood information
Pest Specific Resources for Kentucky
- University of Kentucky Emerald Ash Borer page
- University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Ash Lumber Industry Note
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Kentucky Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey group
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