Tennessee

Tennessee  Summary:

Tennessee’s Department of Agriculture and Forest Health Management Program strongly discourages bringing any type of firewood into the state– including hardwood, softwood, seasoned and green. Many counties in Tennessee have strict prohibitions against moving materials beyond county lines, to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer. Tennessee State Parks and all Tennessee Army Corp of Engineers Campgrounds now advise the public to use either heat-treated firewood, or downed wood collected inside the park, for campfires (effective June 2016). Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area also have specific rules and prohibitions regarding bringing firewood into their parks and visitors are potentially subject to seizure of their firewood and fines if in violation.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District requires visitors of its recreation areas, primitive campsites and 25 campgrounds in the Cumberland River Basin to use only firewood that has been certified as heat-treated by U.S. Department of Agriculture or state natural resource agency.Tennessee is helping its campers follow firewood policies and rules by participating in Firewood Scout, an online firewood vendor locator tool searchable by address, park, or area. All counties are either fully or partially quarantined for imported fire ant meaning firewood that has been stored outdoors, touching the ground may 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. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 19 September 2019.

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