The Washington Invasive Species Council, the US Forest Service, and Mount Rainier National Park urge everyone living in or visiting the state of Washington to use local firewood whenever possible, with a public education campaign “Buy it where you burn it.” Two populations of Asian gypsy moth are present in Washington state (Graham and Bangor), and firewood should not be moved out of those areas, to prevent the further spread of gypsy moths. Check campgrounds “Need to Know” sections to see if there are firewood recommendations, most encourage visitors to acquire wood locally. Many out-of-state visitors to Washington live in areas under quarantine for pests and diseases such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and sudden oak death, and it is illegal to move any regulated items from quarantined zones out of those states and into Washington. Eighteen states in the Central and Eastern US prohibit bringing hardwood firewood originating from Washington into their state, to prevent the movement of thousand cankers disease. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 4 October 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.
Washington Web Resources:
- Washington Invasive Species Council, Don’t Move Firewood Page
- Washington Invasive Species Council, What are Invasive Species?
- Hungry Pests Washington State Page
- Mount Rainier National Park Firewood Policy
- Example of National Forest Firewood Policy, see “Need to Know” section at Coho Campground in Olympic National Forest
- Thousand Cankers Disease information and map archives
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