The state of New Hampshire prohibits the entry of out-of-state firewood unless it has been certified heat-treated to 140° F (60° C) for 60 minutes and is clearly labeled with the name and address of the federal or state approved production facility. This out-of-state firewood quarantine is in place to protect New Hampshire’s forest resources from harmful tree pests such as the Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer, oak wilt, and spotted lanternfly. These and other invasive pests often spread to new areas by hitchhiking on firewood.
Authorities in New Hampshire take the risks of spreading invasive tree pests seriously, so if you transport firewood within the state, be sure to have a receipt or other proof of origin to show law enforcement. To protect New Hampshire’s forests, it is always best practice to buy firewood where you will burn it. Visit Firewood Scout to find a local firewood vendor.
Many nearby states (e.g., CT, ME, NY, VT) have similar regulations prohibiting or restricting the lawful movement of firewood, so be sure to learn the rules of your destination before taking firewood out of New Hampshire.
Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.
Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 22 June 2021.
New Hampshire Web Resources
- Exterior Firewood Quarantine, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food
- Firewood Page, NH Division of Forests and Lands
- Firewood Information Page, NH Bugs
- New Hampshire Firewood Quarantine
- Frequently Asked Questions on NH Firewood Quarantine
Firewood Business Related Information for New Hampshire
- Plant Protection Regulation Summary, NH
- USDA Heat Treatment Requirement for Canadian Wood
- New Hampshire Forest Action Plan 2020
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