New Brunswick Summary
Emerald ash borer was confirmed in New Brunswick in May 2018, and a quarantine that prohibits the movement of firewood has been enacted in the area of Edmundston. Portions of New Brunswick are also under quarantined for European gypsy moth. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency strongly advises that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests both within each province, and to prevent pests from accidentally entering new areas and provinces. Beyond Edmundston, if you buy wood from a local supplier, make sure it was cut within 80 kilometres from where it is being sold. It is illegal to remove potentially infested materials (such as firewood) out of areas in Canada quarantined for pests such as Asian longhorned beetle, brown spruce longhorned beetle, gypsy moth, and emerald ash borer. It is illegal to bring firewood into many of Canada’s national parks, and most national parks have firewood for purchase on site. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 11 January 2018.
Crossing from Canada into the USA: It is against US law to bring any untreated firewood for personal use (including both hardwood and softwood/conifer) from Canada into the USA.
Crossing from the USA into Canada: It is against Canadian law to bring firewood from the USA into Canada for personal use without an appropriate permit. The firewood must also be packaged and labeled to show it has been heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes. Canada encourages buying local firewood through their campaign buylocalburnlocal.ca.
Canada General Web Resources:
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Don’t Move Firewood
- Canadian Council on Invasive Species – Buy Local Burn Local
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Firewood
- US Customs and Border Protection (regarding personal firewood from Canada into USA)
- Canada Border Services Agency (regarding personal firewood from USA into Canada)
- Asian longhorned beetle, Areas Regulated in Canada
- Brown spruce longhorned beetle, general information, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Emerald ash borer, Areas Regulated in Canada
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Gypsy Moth Quarantine
New Brunswick Specific Resources
- New Brunswick Council of Invasive Species
- Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Moncton, New Brunswick (2019)
- Example National Park Ban on Imported Firewood – Kouchibouguac National Park
For more information, visit our General Canada Information page.
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