Minnesota (MN) has the following firewood regulations to protect the state’s natural resources from tree-killing forest pests:
- MN prohibits the entry of uncertified firewood from states infested with mountain pine beetle
- Firewood cannot legally be taken out of Lake and Cook counties due to a spongy moth interior quarantine
- MN prohibits the entry of firewood from out of state as well as the counties within Minnesota that are infested with emerald ash borer
To protect forest health, Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Department of Natural Resources urges the public to buy MDA certified firewood- it has been heat-treated and is safe to move within the state. Minnesota State Parks only allow MDA certified firewood or firewood purchased at the park. Also, Chippewa and Superior National Forests prohibit out-of-state firewood and recommend getting firewood from nearby sources. Private campgrounds often have their own firewood policies as well; be sure the find out the firewood rules before traveling with firewood.
Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.
Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.
Need to find local firewood in MN? Visit Firewood Scout
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 4 September 2023.
Minnesota Web Resources:
- Firewood Alert, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
- Firewood Information, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
- Play, Clean, Go (Invasive Species Education for Minnesota)
- Minnesota Forest Health
- Certified Firewood Producers in Minnesota
- Chippewa National Forest Firewood Closure
- Superior National Forest Firewood Restrictions
- Judge C.R. Magney State Park firewood recommendations (scroll down to firewood section)
- StarTribune Camping Advice – See “Remember Firewood Rules”
- Report a Plant Pest: 1-888-545-6684 or Arrest.the.Pest@state.mn.us
Pest Specific Information
- Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota Map, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
- Emerald Ash Borer Information, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
- Spongy Moth in Minnesota, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
- Spongy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Mountain Pine Beetle is No. 1 Invasive Insect Priority, 2022 article
- mountain pine beetle, emerald ash borer, and spongy moth
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