The invasive and highly destructive emerald ash borer is present in southeastern Nebraska, threatening Nebraska’s natural resources. To prevent the further spread of this pest, it is illegal to take firewood out of Otoe, Lancaster, Saunders, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Washington and Dodge counties unless it is certified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture or USDA.
The entry of walnut wood into Nebraska from other states is legally restricted to prevent the introduction of thousand cankers disease. Other states also have quarantines in place to prevent the further spread of tree pests like sudden oak death, gypsy moth, and Asian longhorned beetle which makes it illegal to bring firewood into Nebraska from most out-of-state sources.
Authorities in Nebraska have several recommendations for firewood users:
- Buy and burn your wood in the same county or region where it was cut
- Acquire firewood within 50 miles of your destination
- Leave firewood at home when you camp; buy or collect firewood on site
The best firewood options in Nebraska are to Buy It Where You Burn It or purchase firewood that is heat-treated, certified, and labeled
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 26 June 2021.
Nebraska Web Resources:
- Nebraska Invasive Species Project, Firewood Page
- Nebraska Camping and Firewood Regulations
- What’s in your firewood?, University of Nebraska
- Pest Diagnostic Clinic , University of Nebraska
- Report a tree pest
Pest Specific Information
- Emerald Ash Borer Information , NE Department of Agriculture
- Prevent the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer, NE Department of Agriculture
- Walnut Wood and Thousand Cankers Disease
- Thousand Cankers Disease Quarantine Regulations, NE Department of Agriculture
- National Thousand Cankers Disease Maps and Information
- Expansion of the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine, November 2018
- Federal Gypsy Moth Quarantines
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