Wyoming’s State Division of Forestry strongly advises the public to always get firewood as close to your destination as possible to prevent the spread of tree pests within Wyoming as well as those that could enter into the state. Mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle are two of the most damaging insects in Wyoming’s forests, and they often spread to new areas on firewood. Since the early 1990s, these native beetles have caused tree mortality over millions of acres of federal, state, and private forests in Wyoming. Also, many visitors to Wyoming live in areas under quarantine for gypsy moth and Asian longhorned beetle; it is illegal to move firewood into Wyoming from areas infested with these pests.
Bridger-Teton National Forest encourages the use of certified heat-treated or local firewood in order to protect Wyoming from these and other harmful tree pests (e.g., spotted lanternfly and emerald ash borer). Firewood is often available at the campgrounds of Grand Teton National Park. Also, local vendors sell firewood near the campgrounds of Yellowstone National Park.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 18 June 2021.
Wyoming Web Resources:
- Firewood Information Site, WY State Forestry Division,
- Wyoming Firewood Education for Solar Eclipse Travelers, Guest blog (2017)
- Wyoming State Forestry Division Facebook Page
- Forest Health Management, WY State Forestry Division
- Watch Your Ash, Emerald Ash Borer Could Sneak into Wyoming
- Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan
- European Gypsy Moth Quarantine Map
- Spruce Beetle And Western Spruce Budworm Most Damaging Rocky Mountain Pests
- Wyoming Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Listing
- Pest Identification, University of Wyoming
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