All residents and visitors of Michigan are strongly encouraged to buy and burn local firewood regardless of where they are located. As of December 2018, the entire state of Michigan is now under federal emerald ash borer quarantine meaning it is illegal to move regulated items (most firewood is considered a regulated item) into un-quarantined areas. The internal quarantine of ash products has been repealed, though it is recommended that infested wood still not be moved. Many out-of-state visitors to Michigan live in areas under quarantine for pests such as thousand cankers disease, or Asian longhorned beetle, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (including items such as firewood and wood chips) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Michigan. Michigan’s external thousand cankers disease of walnut quarantine prohibits the movement of hardwood firewood from or through Ohio into Michigan. Firewood policies vary greatly among the National Parks, National Forests, private campgrounds, and other lands in Michigan- please see the listing below or call ahead before visiting. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 17 September 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.
Michigan Web Resources:
- Find firewood vendors in Michigan using Firewood Scout
- Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Firewood page
Rules in selected National Parks, National Forests, and other Lands
- Land Use Order of the Director, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Isle Royale National Park prohibits firewood obtained outside of the park (see section A (1) General – Firewood)
- Hiawatha National Forest prohibits firewood from outside the area (see “Know Before You Go” section)
- Huron-Manistee National Forest prohibits firewood from outside the area (see “Know Before You Go” section)
- Ottawa National Forest prohibits firewood from outside the area (see “Know Before You Go” section)
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore bans ash firewood
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore prohibits firewood obtained outside of the park unless from the approved vendor list
Pest Specific Information
- Balsam woolly adelgid Michigan Information (scroll to bottom for quarantine information)
- Emerald Ash Borer page, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal (National) Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Hemlock woolly adelgid Michigan Information, Interior Quarantine, and Exterior Quarantine (scroll to bottom for quarantine information)
- Thousand Cankers Disease information for Michigan
- Thousand Cankers Disease quarantine revision notice, January 2018
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