Maryland’s Department of Agriculture prohibits the movement of firewood and other potentially infested items out of any thousand cankers disease infested county. The emerald ash borer quarantine has been extended to cover the entire state meaning ash wood products can now move freely across other quarantined areas. However, It is still recommended that infested wood remain where it is found to prevent the spread to other areas. As of October 2019, there is a spotted lanternfly quarantine in Cecil and Harford counties. Assateague Island National Seashore prohibits bringing out-of-state firewood to the park and encourages purchasing local firewood. Authorities in Maryland generally advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests within the state. Many Mid Atlantic states have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (most firewood is considered a regulated item) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Maryland. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 18 September 2019.
Maryland Web Resources:
- Maryland Department of Agriculture EAB Page
- Maryland Invasive Species Council EAB Page
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources Firewood Policy
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources EAB Page
- Maryland Department of Agriculture Spotted Lanternfly Page
- Assateague Island National Seashore Firewood restrictions
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit Map
- Thousand Cankers Disease Detected in Cecil County, MD (press release 1/13/2015)
- Thousand Cankers Disease, Maryland Page
- Maryland Firewood Dealers
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