Vermont prohibits bringing untreated firewood into the state. Nearly all types of firewood are prohibited, including: hardwood, softwood, seasoned, and green. Heat treated firewood is permitted if it has a label or other certification showing that it was heated to a core temperature of 160°F for 75 minutes. To learn more about this rule, please visit Vermont’s State Firewood Quarantine.
Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Vermont. A map of known infested areas is available at https://vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer-vermont. To slow the spread of EAB, ash firewood from an infested area should not be moved to any location outside of that infested area unless it has been heat treated. More information on rules related to EAB and a link to other slow-the-spread recommendations are available at https://vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer-vermont/quarantine-information.
Additionally, authorities advise that any firewood cut within the state of Vermont should be kept as local as possible to help slow the spread of pests already present in limited areas. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 4 Sept 2019
Crossing from the USA into Canada: It is against Canadian law to bring firewood from the USA into Canada for personal use without an appropriate permit. The firewood must also be packaged and labeled to show it has been heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes. Canada encourages buying local and burning local firewood through their campaign buylocalburnlocal.ca.
Crossing from Canada into the USA: It is against US law to bring any untreated firewood for personal use (including both hardwood and softwood/conifer) from Canada into the USA.
Vermont’s Web Resources:
- Vermont Invasives, Emerald ash borer information page
- Vermont’s State Firewood Quarantine
- Vermont State Parks Camping Policies
- Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation Firewood Rule
- Vermont Invasives website
- VT Invasives Facebook page
- Vermont Urban and Community Forestry website
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