New Jersey resources are harmed by invasive tree pests like the spongy moth, emerald ash borer, and spotted lanternfly, all of which can spread via the movement of firewood. To prevent further damage to trees, state authorities in New Jersey ask that you use locally sourced firewood that was cut within 50 miles of where you burn it. Additionally, 13 counties in New Jersey and many counties in nearby states are subject to stricter firewood rules due to a quarantine for the spotted lanternfly. In NJ, the quarantine prohibits the movement of firewood out of quarantined areas without decontamination and accompanying documentation.
Further restrictions on the movement or use of firewood in New Jersey vary across land, park, and campground authorities. Many areas under federal and private management prohibit the use of firewood from out-of-state or from non-local sources. On state lands, New Jersey’s Division of Parks and Forestry encourages recreationists to buy firewood at the state park or forest where you intend to stay. Be sure to find out the firewood rules in your area and destination before transporting firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 7 June 2022.
New Jersey Web Resources:
- Jersey Grown Firewood, New Jersey Dept. of Agriculture
- Spotted Lanternfly Information and Resources, NJ Dept. of Agriculture
- Emerald Ash Borer Information, NJ Dept. of Agriculture
- Information on Federal Quarantine of Spongy Moth, USDA APHIS
- National Information on Asian Longhorned beetle, USDA APHIS
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