The movement of firewood is tightly regulated in Wisconsin due to multiple infestations of harmful tree pests. Wisconsin authorities prohibit moving uncertified firewood out of any areas that are under quarantine for a forest pest. As such, it is against the law to bring firewood into Wisconsin from states infested with thousand cankers disease, Asian longhorned beetle, and mountain pine beetle. Additional restrictions apply to the movement of firewood within the state as well as removing firewood from Wisconsin and bringing it into other states; this is to prevent the further spread of the European spongy moth. Wisconsin authorities highly encourage the public to abide by the following recommendations to protect forest resources in Wisconsin and beyond:

  • Follow Wisconsin’s permanent rule by not bringing firewood onto any state property if it has been moved more than 10 miles or comes from an area infested with spongy moth
  • Buy and use firewood locally
  • Buy certified firewood
  • Burn all firewood when camping. Do not take it with your or leave unused wood behind
  • Look for dry firewood with either no bark or loose bark

Campgrounds often have additional restrictions on the use or movement of firewood. For example, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest prohibits the possession, storage, or transport of uncertified firewood that originates more than 25 miles from your campsite. Also, if moving firewood into or through tribal properties, contact the tribe for their policies. Please find out the rules at your destination before bringing firewood. When in doubt, get firewood where you will use it. To find local firewood vendors in Wisconsin, visit Firewood Scout.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 7 July 2021.

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