Nova Scotia

It is against the law to move untreated firewood out of areas regulated for tree pests in Nova Scotia without a permit from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA). This is to prevent the transport of pests within and across each province since invasive forest pests often spread to new areas when people travel with untreated firewood. The pests regulated in Nova Scotia include the spongy moth, Dutch elm disease, European larch canker, emerald ash borer, brown spruce longhorn beetle, and hemlock woolly adelgid. Canadian authorities urge residents and visitors to buy and burn local firewood with the following recommendations to prevent the spread of invasive pests:

  • Buy certified heat-treated or local firewood (from within 80km)
  • Do not bring firewood into a national park in Canada
  • Do not remove firewood out of any campground
  • Tell others about the dangers of moving firewood long distances

Authorities in Nova Scotia have additional firewood rules to protect the health of the forest as moving firewood, even a few kilometers, can lead to new invasive pests infestations.

  • Buy firewood where you burn it
  • Don’t bring wood from outside sources
  • Leave un-used firewood for the next camper (don’t take wood back home from campsite)

Campers can purchase firewood at most national parks and provincial park campgrounds in Nova Scotia.

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 1 November 2023.

Nova Scotia Resources:

Canada General Web Resources:

Pest Specific Information:

For more information, visit our General Canada Information page.

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