Rhode Island Summary:
Authorities in Rhode Island advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests within the state. Emerald ash borer was discovered in Rhode Island in July 2018. As of December 2018 all of Rhode Island was added to the emerald ash borer federal quarantine. It is still illegal to move wood across the border of Massachusetts due to the Asian longhorned beetle federal quarantine. Many New England and Mid Atlantic states have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer 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 Rhode Island. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 16 September 2019.
Rhode Island Web Resources:
- DEM Announces Prohibition on the Movement of Firewood Into Rhode Island Due to Invasive Insects Found in Neighboring States, press release 2015
- DEM Advises Campers and Other Vacationers to use only Local Firewood to Avoid Import of Invasive Wood-Boring Insect, press release 2013
- Asian longhorned beetle Massachusetts page
- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Rhode Island
- 2018 EAB Quarantine Updates
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
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