It is against Maine’s regulations to bring out-of-state firewood into Maine. Nearly all types of firewood are prohibited via this regulation- hardwood, softwood, kiln-dried, seasoned, debarked, and green. Packaged heat treated firewood with a stamp showing heat treatment of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 75 minutes is permitted.
Authorities in the state of Maine advise that firewood from within Maine should not be moved more than 50 miles. Emerald ash borer was confirmed in northern Maine in May 2018, in the town of Madawaska (across the river from the recent find in Edmundston, New Brunswick). As of November 2019, regulated articles (including firewood) cannot be moved out of the quarantined area made up of all of York County in southern Maine and the northeastern corner of Aroostook County. In October 2019 emerald ash borer was confirmed in Portland and an emergency order restricting the movement of wood out of Cumberland county is in place.
Finally, Baxter State Park prohibits all firewood from entry into the park, whether locally acquired or otherwise, and Acadia National Park camping regulations state that the park discourages bringing in any firewood with you. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 12 November 2019.
Crossing from the USA into Canada: It is against Canadian law to bring firewood from the USA into Canada for personal use without an appropriate permit. The firewood must also be packaged and labeled to show it has been heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes. Canada encourages buying local and burning local firewood through their campaign buylocalburnlocal.ca.
Crossing from Canada into the USA: It is against US law to bring any untreated firewood for personal use (including both hardwood and softwood/conifer) from Canada into the USA.
Maine’s Firewood Related Resources:
- Maine Forest Service Firewood information page
- Acadia National Park Camping Regulations
- Information on Emerald Ash Borer for Maine Woodland Owners
Pest Specific Maine Resources:
- Maine’s Invasive Forest Pests
- Maine Emerald Ash Borer page (includes latest quarantine information).
- Maine Asian Longhorned Beetle page.
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Maine Bug Watch
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