South Carolina Summary:
Authorities in South Carolina advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests within the state. The Asian longhorned was found in May 2020 in Hollywood SC (near Charleston) and it is extremely important to not transport firewood from in and around Charleston to avoid potentially spreading this tree-killing pest. Additionally, with emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) present in six counties in western South Carolina, it is important for all resident and visitors to avoid moving firewood in general. Firewood that has been stored outdoors in the state of South Carolina may also be considered a regulated item for the imported fire ant (IFA), and thus cannot be transported to a state or area not infested with IFA. South Carolina State Parks request that no out of state firewood should be brought into any South Carolina parks. Many neighboring and nearby states have areas under quarantine for pests such as thousand cankers disease, European gypsy moth, and others- 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 South Carolina. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of June 30 2020.
South Carolina Web Resources:
- South Carolina Forestry Commission Forest Health
- Clemson Don’t Move Firewood information page
- US Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Clemson Invasive Species Programs
- South Carolina State Parks (scroll to “May We Bring Our Own Firewood” )
South Carolina Pest Specific Resources:
- Asian longhorned beetle infestation found near Charleston SC, June 16 2020 article
- Emerald Ash Borer New Detections by County map
- European Gypsy Moth North America Quarantine map
- North Carolina Gypsy Moth Quarantine, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Hungry Pests South Carolina
- Imported Fire Ant information and map archives
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