Authorities in New York prohibit the movement of all types of untreated firewood into the state from outside sources. Untreated firewood originating in New York may not be moved more than 50 miles within the state. According to New York’s standards, firewood is considered “treated” only if it has met the following conditions:
- it has been heat-treated to 71° C (160° F) for 75 minutes
- it is labeled as “New York Approved Heat-treated Firewood/Pest Free” with the producer’s name and address
Any firewood in transport must be accompanied by source, origin, and/or heat-treatment documentation. A self-issued certificate of origin is required to accompany the transport of firewood cut for personal use. Firewood dealers must provide documentation to customers on the firewood’s source (here is an example).
The state of New York’s firewood regulations are in place to protect the forests from damaging pests such as the emerald ash borer, spongy moth, and the spotted lanternfly. These pests, and others, often spread to new areas via the movement of untreated firewood. Many counties in bordering states are under quarantine for the spotted lanternfly which poses a severe threat to New York’s natural resources. The Asian longhorned beetle has established in certain areas of central Long Island, so it is illegal to move firewood out of or within infested areas. Some campgrounds have additional restrictions on the use or movement of firewood (e.g., outside firewood is not permitted in Gateway National Recreation Area). To ensure you are in compliance with local firewood regulations, please inquire about any rules in your specific area or destination. To protect New York from the detrimental effects of invasive species, and to avoid fines and penalties, please always use local firewood.
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 23 June 2021.
New York Resources:
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Firewood and Invasive Insects
- New York Invasive Species Regulations
- Firewood & Invasive Species: NY State Firewood Transportation Laws summary information from Adirondacks.net
- New York State Parks Camping Firewood Regulations
- Letchworth State Park Firewood Regulations
- Self-Issued Certificate for Transport and Possession of Untreated Firewood
Pest Specific Resources and Links:
- Asian longhorned beetle New York page
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit Map
- Spotted lanternfly general information from New York Invasive Species Information
- Spotted lanternfly threatens NY apple, grape and hop crops (press release December 6 2017)
- Spotted lanternfly quarantine
- Spongy moth federal quarantine
- Oak Wilt, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
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