The state of Pennsylvania prohibits the movement of all types of firewood into the state from out-of-state sources, except for heat-treated, kiln-dried, and/or USDA certified firewood.
Within Pennsylvania, over 40 counties are under quarantine due to the harmful tree pest known as spotted lanternfly. As a result, firewood and other outdoor items should not be moved out of these counties; if necessary, complete this checklist to comply with quarantine requirements.
Regardless of the county you are in, Pennsylvania (PA) state authorities agree it is best to buy firewood near where you’ll burn it, buy certified heat-treated firewood, or gather firewood on site when permitted. The Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources has issued a statewide park advisory with the following recommendations:
- Buy and burn locally cut firewood (preferably within 25 miles)
- BURN ALL firewood brought from another area
- Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood
- Do NOT remove firewood from a spotted lanternfly quarantine area
Further restrictions on the movement or use of firewood in PA vary across land, park, and campground authorities. For example, it is prohibited to bring outside firewood into Allegheny National Forest or the campgrounds of the Delaware Water Gap. Make sure to find out the firewood rules in your specific area and destination before moving firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 18 August 2023.
Pennsylvania State Web Resources
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Firewood page
- Pennsylvania Order of Quarantine, Firewood
- Forest Insects and Diseases, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR)
- Visual Guide (Booklet) to Threats to the Forest: Insects, Plants, and Diseases, 2020
- Spotted lanternfly information, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
- How You Can comply with Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Regulations, updated 2021
- Spotted Lanternfly Checklist for Residents
- VIDEO: How to remove spotted lanternfly eggs
- Emerald Ash Borer Information, PADCNR
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