New Mexico Summary:
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture asks visitors to not move firewood from other states into New Mexico and encourages the collection or purchase of wood within the state. Many visitors to New Mexico live in areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and imported fire ant, 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 New Mexico. Dona Ana County is quarantined for imported fire ant, which means that you cannot move firewood that could potentially contain fire ant colonies out of this county (this includes all firewood that was stored outside on the ground). Eighteen states in the Central and Eastern US prohibit bringing hardwood firewood originating from New Mexico into their state, to prevent the movement of thousand cankers disease. Regionally important pests such as the goldspotted oak borer and the soapberry borer could pose a threat to New Mexico’s native forests, and these pests can be moved on firewood- underscoring the importance of using local firewood to protect New Mexico’s trees. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 8 October 2019.
New Mexico Web Resources :
- New Mexico State Forestry Forest Insects and Disease
- Hungry Pests, New Mexico page
- New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Plant Inspection, Certification, and Quarantines
- Thousand Cankers Disease information and map archives
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
- Soapberry borer information
- Goldspotted oak borer information
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