The Mississippi Forestry Commission advises that campers and travelers within Mississippi should buy and use locally harvested firewood to prevent the spread of pests within the state, and out of state visitors should leave their firewood at home when visiting Mississippi. Laurel wilt disease, a fungal-beetle complex that kills red bay and sassafras trees, has been found in southern Mississippi and can be spread on contaminated firewood. Many nearby states have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, thousand cankers disease, and others- and it is illegal to move regulated items from quarantined zones out of those states and into Mississippi. All of Mississippi is quarantined due to the presence of red imported fire ant, and the movement of items such as firewood that has been stored outside on the ground in contact with the soil in Mississippi to a non-quarantined area out of Mississippi (see fire ant quarantine map) is illegal. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 19 September 2019.
Mississippi Web Resources:
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Hungry Pests Mississippi Page
- Invasive Species Information Mississippi
- Mississippi Forestry Commission, Forest Health Page
- Mississippi Forestry Commission, Emerald Ash Borer Page
- Mississippi Forestry Commission, Laurel Wilt Disease page
- Distribution of Counties with Laurel Wilt Disease
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
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