North Dakota Summary:
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Forest Service, and North Dakota Parks and Recreation strongly advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests both within the state, and to prevent pests from accidentally entering the state. Many states in the Great Plains region near North Dakota have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and Asian longhorned beetle, 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 North Dakota. At campgrounds in North Dakota, firewood must originate within 100 miles of the campground, unless it has been officially certified as pest-free. The North Dakota Forest Service prohibits out-of-state firewood at their campgrounds, but they will provide a free bundle of firewood for each paid campsite. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 23 September 2019.
Crossing from the USA into Canada: It is against Canadian law to bring firewood from the USA into Canada for personal use without an appropriate permit. The firewood must also be packaged and labeled to show it has been heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes. Canada encourages buying local and burning local firewood through their campaign buylocalburnlocal.ca.
Crossing from Canada into the USA: It is against US law to bring any untreated firewood for personal use (including both hardwood and softwood/conifer) from Canada into the USA.
North Dakota Web Resources:
- North Dakota Department of Agriculture Firewood Information
- North Dakota Invasives, North Dakota State University
- North Dakota University, Emerald Ash Borer and Firewood
- North Dakota Department of Agriculture Firewood Press Release, October 2016
- North Dakota Department of Agriculture Take Precaution Moving Firewood
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- North Dakota Department of Agriculture Gypsy Moth page
- European Gypsy Moth Federal Quarantine Map
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