The Nebraska Department of Agriculture strongly advises that in general, no firewood should be brought from out of state into Nebraska, to prevent pests from accidentally being brought into the state. It is against Nebraska state law to bring hardwood firewood into Nebraska from any state or region infested with thousand cankers disease. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission asks campers to restrict the movement of firewood into State Parks, and will be conducting firewood exchanges at select parks during the summer of 2017. Many states in the Great Plains region near Nebraska have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and thousand cankers disease, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (most firewood is considered a regulated item) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Nebraska. Nebraska also has five counties under quarantine for emerald ash borer—Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington—because of the discovery of the pest in Cass and Douglas counties in 2016. It is against the law to move firewood from inside those counties into other parts of the state. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 12 October 2016.
Nebraska Web Resources:
- Nebraska Invasive Species Project, Firewood Page
- Emerald Ash Borer information, Nebraska Forest Service page
- Prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, Nebraska Department of Agriculture page
- Nebraska Department of Agriculture thousand cankers disease quarantine regulations
- National Thousand Cankers Disease Maps and Information
- Nebraska State Parks firewood news release, Rapid City Journal, May 2014
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