It is illegal to move firewood into New Mexico from most eastern and midwestern states due to quarantines aimed at preventing the spread of tree pests like the gypsy moth and imported fire ant. Also, it is illegal to take firewood out of Dona Ana county, to prevent the spread of imported fire ant within the New Mexico. Taking firewood out of New Mexico and into most midwestern and eastern states is against their state laws to prevent the spread of forest pests like thousand cankers disease.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection also encourages campers to burn firewood where you obtain it and to avoid moving firewood from one campground to another. All firewood entering Arizona from Mexico is subject to inspection at ports of entry.
Two additional tree pests that pose a serious threat to New Mexico’s native forests are the goldspotted oak borer and the soapberry borer; both can infest new areas when people travel with firewood. To help prevent the spread of invasive tree pests, please always use local firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 21 June 2021.
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
- Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Map
- Goldspotted oak borer information
- Soapberry borer information
- Bark Beetles FAQ
- Drought Leaves New Mexico Trees Vulnerable to Bark Beetles, Article 2021
- Gypsy Moth Quarantine Map
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