It is against Pennsylvania’s regulations to bring all types of out-of-state firewood into the state including hardwood, softwood, kiln-dried, seasoned and green. Packaged heat treated firewood with a stamp showing treatment of at least core temperature of 160°F (71°C) for a minimum of 75 minutes is permitted, kiln-dried and fumigated packaged firewood with the producer’s name and address on the label is also exempt from the quarantine. Pennsylvania’s State Parks strongly discourage bringing any firewood into the parks from outside of the parks, and the National Park Service doesn’t allow firewood to be brought into campgrounds at Delaware Water Gap. There are also multiple county and regional quarantines that prohibit the movement of firewood in and around Pennsylvania, including strict restrictions in and around the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania due to the severe infestation of Spotted Lanternfly. There is also a hotline 1-888-4BADFLY to report sightings of the species. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 17 September 2019.
Pennsylvania Web Resources:
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Firewood page
- Pennsylvania Order of Quarantine, Firewood
- Delware Water Gap Campground example in Pennsylvania (see rules and check in)
Pennsylvania Forest Pest Information:
- Spotted lanternfly information, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
- Spotted lanternfly updated 2018 quarantine
- Spotted lanternfly, PennState Extension
- Pennsylavania Implores Residents to kill an Invasive Bug on Sight (NY Times Article)
- Emerald ash borer information, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
- Thousand Cankers Disease information, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- Thousand Cankers Disease National information and map archives
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