The state of Missouri has several federal and state quarantines on forest pests such as spongy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, imported fire ant, and thousand cankers disease. As a result, it is illegal to bring untreated firewood into Missouri from most out-of-state sources. Since Missouri is already home to both the highly destructive emerald ash borer and pine shoot beetle , firewood should not be transported out of Missouri – and firewood originating from Clark, Scotland, Lewis, Marion, Adair, and Macon counties cannot be moved to other areas within Missouri or to other states.

Authorities in Missouri highly encourage the public to follow the following firewood recommendations to prevent new infestations and further spread of harmful tree pests:

  • Always buy, cut, or collect firewood as near as possible to where you will burn it (within 10 miles is best)
  • When camping, burn all your firewood; do not take it home with you

Campgrounds in Missouri often have additional restrictions on the use or movement of firewood, and many of them have firewood available for purchase on-site. Be sure to check the rules at your destination before bringing firewood. When in doubt, buy it where you burn it.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 7 July 2021.

Missouri General Resources

Pest Specific Information

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