Moving Firewood from Massachusetts to Connecticut?

Tough one on the Dear Don't Move Firewood email hotline this weekend!


Dear Don't Move Firewood,

We sell firewood in Massachusetts, very close to Connecticut state line.  How far is too far to move firewood in MA and CT?  … We are only selling hardwood, no Pine, cut mostly in (Springfield area, MA).  We currently have a request from (Windsor Locks area, CT). (edited to combine correspondence)


Firewood Seller in MA


Dear Firewood Seller in MA,

That's a tough one, because you crossing between two states with their own specific regulations. I got a little confused when I tried to figure out the exact answer, and ended up just calling the helpful folks at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station to get the facts. Turns out that due to the firewood being from out-of-state, you'll need a permit (specifically, Connecticut Permit Application to Move Regulated Wood Articles). The good news is that the Springfield area of MA is not currently under quarantine nor regulation for any major pests, so it is reasonable to guess that you will be granted a permit. And moving firewood from Springfield area to a customer in the Windsor Locks CT area is a pretty short distance- 20 miles or less – so there isn't a compelling reason to think this is a problem if the permit is granted.


Good luck, and thanks for asking!


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