Dear Don’t Move Firewood,
We are moving from California to Montana, and I was curious if I could take the oak firewood with us. Just wanted to check. Thanks!
Moving to Montana Soon
Dear Moving to Montana Soon,
There are many invasive insects and diseases that live in oaks in California that could infest the trees of Montana- the various hardwood trees like alder, aspen, birch, rocky mountain maple, cottonwood, green ash, black cherry, and others could be infested with quite a few insects that affect oaks in California. I would urge you to please leave your firewood at home and purchase or harvest firewood in Montana when you get there. Montana has excellent access to firewood harvesting areas throughout the state. Depending on exactly where you are in California, it could also be illegal for you to bring firewood from CA to MT- but regardless of location, it is not advised by the state forestry and agricultural authorities.
Thank you for asking, and congratulations on your move.
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