Forests in Yukon are vulnerable to damaging tree pests that are invading other areas of Canada and the US. For example, many visitors to Yukon come from areas regulated for pests such as the emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease, and mountain pine beetle. Since these and other harmful tree pests spread to new areas when people travel with firewood, it is illegal to move firewood out of a regulated area without a movement certificate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA has the following firewood rules and recommendations for residents and visitors to prevent the spread of pests both within and between provinces:
- Buy certified heat-treated and/or local firewood only
- Do not bring firewood into a Canadian National Park
It is illegal to remove firewood from public parks in Yukon. Yukon territorial parks provide firewood to registered campers, and Kluane National Park in Yukon also advises campers to use only the firewood supplied on site. Always learn the firewood rules at your destination before bringing or collecting firewood; when in doubt, buy local, burn local.
Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.
Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 3 November 2023.
Yukon Specific Information
- Guide to Camping in Yukon (see page 8 for campfire rules)
- Forest Pests and Diseases, Yukon Government
- Yukon Invasive Species Council
- 2020 Yukon Forest Health Report
- Spruce Bark Beetle in Yukon
General Canada Web Resources
- Hazards of Moving Firewood Regulations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Buy Local Burn Local, Canadian Invasive Species Council
- Asian Longhorned Beetle, CFIA
- Brown Spruce Lonhorn Beetle, CFIA
- Emerald Ash Borer Regulated Areas in Canada
- Spongy Moth Information
For more information, visit our General Canada Information page.
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