Authorities in Mississippi strongly advise campers and travelers to avoid bringing firewood into Mississippi from out-of-state. Harmful forest pests such as emerald ash borer, giant African land snail, and sirex woodwasp occur in many nearby states and are known to spread on firewood.
Mississippi’s Forestry Commission asks that firewood users do the following to help prevent the spread of harmful non-native forest pests:
- Buy local and burn local
- Buy firewood that is cut in your county, ideally within 50 miles
In many cases, moving firewood from Mississippi to other states is against the law, as this can spread forest pests like the federally regulated imported fire ant.
Campgrounds often have strict firewood rules, many times campers are required to purchase firewood in the campground or from nearby vendors- sometimes they permit the collection of dead and down firewood near the campsite. Be sure to learn the rules in your area and destination before traveling with firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 29 July 2022.
- Mississippi Forest Health, Mississippi Forestry Commission
- Invasive Species Information Mississippi
- Buy Local Burn Local, Mississippi Forestry Commission
- Hungry Pests Mississippi Page
- Firewood Information, US Forest Service Southern Region
- Forest Pests, MS State University Extension
Pest Specific Information
- Emerald Ash Borer Page, Mississippi Forestry Commission
- Laurel Wilt Disease Page, Mississippi Forestry Commission
- Imported Fire Ant Information and Map
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