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 when permitted
Additionally, 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, spongy moth, and Asian longhorned beetle which makes it illegal to bring firewood into Nebraska from many out-of-state sources.
The highly destructive emerald ash borer is present in southeastern Nebraska; those traveling from Otoe, Lancaster, Saunders, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Washington and Dodge counties should take extra care to avoid moving firewood to prevent further spread of this destructive beetle.
Ultimately, the best firewood options in Nebraska are to Buy It Where You Burn It or purchase firewood that is certified, heat-treated.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 30 August 2022.
Nebraska Web Resources:
- Nebraska Invasive Species Program: Don’t Move Firewood!
- Nebraska Camping Information (scroll down to Firewood Alert)
- What’s in your firewood?, University of Nebraska
- Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic , University of Nebraska
- Report a tree pest, NE Forest Service
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
- Federal Spongy Moth Quarantine
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