South Dakota Summary:
Emerald ash borer was confirmed in South Dakota in May 2018, and a quarantine that prohibits the movement of hardwood firewood has been enacted in the area surrounding Sioux Falls. Federal law makes it illegal to move any regulated items from quarantined zones out of those states and into South Dakota without a state or federal inspection certificate or a stamp certifying compliance of proper treatment, such as a heat treatment. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks strongly advises that firewood should not be brought from out of state into South Dakota, to prevent pests such as the emerald ash borer from accidentally being brought into the state. Within the state of South Dakota, the Mountain pine beetle is also considered a threat to trees and authorities advise not moving pine firewood within the state, unless it has been aged at least one year. Many states in the Great Plains region near South Dakota have areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and thousand cankers disease, 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 Dakota. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 23 September 2019.
South Dakota Web Resources:
- Emerald ash borer in South Dakota Resources Page
- South Dakota State News, Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources (January 2017 press release)
- South Dakota State Parks, Camping information (scroll down to Firewood Alert)
- South Dakota State News, Don’t Move Pine Beetle Infested Firewood (December 2015 press release)
- South Dakota Mountain Pine Beetle Information, beatthebeetles.com
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit map
- South Dakota Department of Agriculture Plant Protection directory
- Reminder Firewood from the Sioux Falls Area is Under Quarantine
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