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New Firewood Rules Aim to Protect Minnesota Forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors and campers that only approved firewood is allowed in state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Help stop the spread of damaging forest pests. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors and campers that only approved firewood is allowed in state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Help stop the spread of damaging forest pests. |  Photo: WDIO, File

Created: May 15, 2018 11:41 AM

Campers and visitors to Minnesota parks and recreation areas need to remember to follow new firewood rules.  According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, new rules were put into place at the beginning of the year.  The rules were needed because of the problems with gypsy moth and emerald ash borer.

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Under the new rules, firewood approved for use on DNR-managed lands includes:

  • Firewood sold at the specific Minnesota state park or recreation area where it will be used. 
  • Non-ash firewood that was (1) purchased from a vendor and (2) harvested in the same Minnesota county as the DNR unit where it will be used. 
  • Firewood that was (1) purchased from a vendor, (2) harvested in Minnesota and (3) certified to be pest free by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 
  • Additional types of acceptable firewood listed at www.mndnr.gov/firewood

“One of our biggest challenges has been communicating that firewood sold at a Minnesota state park or recreation area is approved for use at that specific unit, but it may not be approved for use at other Minnesota state parks and recreations areas,” Ed Quinn, natural resource program supervisor for the Parks and Trails Division at the DNR said in a press release. “If you have leftover firewood, be sure to check with park staff to determine whether it can be taken to any other campgrounds.”

Other tips provided by the Minnesota DNR include making sure the bundle label includes the county where the wood was harvested when purchasing firewood,  If the wood is certified, the bundle label will also feature the logo of either the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  

Save the receipt, because it will be needed to show proof of purchase and labeled bundles to DNR staff upon request.  

There is a $100 fine to individuals who bring non-approved firewood onto DNR lands.

“Invasive species negatively impact forest ecosystems, scenic views and visitor experiences,” Quinn said. “That’s why it’s so important for everyone to do their part and bring only firewood approved for each specific campground or picnic area they visit.”

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov/firewood or contact the DNR Information Center by emailing info.dnr@state.mn.us or by calling 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).
 

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