Texas authorities strongly advise residents and visitors to follow the firewood regulations in place to prevent the movement of invasive forest pests. The state has six counties under quarantine due to destructive emerald ash borer; this means it is illegal to move firewood originating in these counties to other areas within Texas and also to other states. Texas also has 192 counties under quarantine for the imported fire ant, prohibiting the movement of firewood out of these regions. Another invasive pest that the authorities are closely watching is the Mexican soapberry borer, which has already been detected in 50 Texas counties.
The Texas Department of Agriculture provides the following recommendations for firewood users to help protect the state’s natural resources by slowing the spread of destructive forest pests:
- Buy firewood locally – where you plan to burn it.
- Do not transport firewood to campgrounds or parks.
The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas also remind people that moving firewood transports tree-killing insects and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection also encourages campers to burn firewood where they obtain it and to avoid moving unburned firewood from one campground to another. In addition, all firewood from Mexico entering Texas is subject to inspection at ports of entry.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 13 August 2021.
Texas Web Resources:
- Texas Invasives, Take Action
- Texas Invasive Species Institute
- Texas Invasives Resources
- Texas Hungry Pests
- Texas A&M Forest Health
- U.S. Forest Service Southern Region Firewood Information
- Pest and Disease Alerts, Texas Department of Agriculture
- Buy it where you burn it Texas poster
Pest Specific Information
- Gypsy Moth Federal Quarantine
- Imported Fire Ant National Quarantine
- Emerald Ash Borer in North America
- Emerald Ash Borer Pest Alert Brochure, Texas Department of Agriculture
- Pest Alert: Thousand Cankers Disease
- Mexican Soapberry Borer: An exotic pest threatening western soapberry trees in Texas
- Texas Plant Disease Diagnostics Lab
- Invasive Tree-Killing Insect Confirmed in Denton, Bowie Counties
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