The state of Louisiana has several regulations to protect Louisiana’s natural and agricultural resources from harmful forest pests like the emerald ash borer, imported fire ant, redbay ambrosia beetle and laurel wilt disease. These and other invasive forest pests move to new places when people transport firewood. As a result, Louisiana authorities urge residents and visitors to be mindful of quarantine rules when handling firewood for home heating and camping uses.
Due to the highly invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation, it is illegal to:
- Transport firewood originating from states with the EAB infestations into Louisiana
- Transport firewood out of these 10 parishes in northern Louisiana
Many nearby Southern and Central states have put in place quarantines to prevent the further spread of pests such as thousand cankers disease, Asian longhorned beetle, and spongy moth; it is illegal to bring firewood into Louisiana from areas quarantined for these pests. Louisiana’s State Department of Agriculture has a few recommendations for firewood users designed to prevent and reduce the risk of transporting forest pests on firewood:
- Obtain firewood from local sources near where you will burn it (ideally within 10 miles)
- Make sure to burn all of your firewood before you leave the campground
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 16 August 2021.
- Firewood Movement and Spread of Invasive Forest Pests
- Louisiana Don’t Move Firewood Brochure
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Region
- LSU Plant Diagnostics Center
- Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Louisiana
- Emerald Ash Borer in Louisiana Quarantine Map
- Emerald Ash Borer FAQ, Louisiana Department of Agriculture
- Imported Fire Ant Information
- Laurel Wilt Disease and Redbay Ambrosia Beetle Found in Louisiana
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