Firewood Scout was initially developed in 2012 by the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council (now called the Sustainable Resources Alliance, SRA). Through funding from the USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, the site was created to help Michigan residents and visitors to buy and use firewood locally, in an effort to slow the spread of invasive forest pests.
In 2014, The Nature Conservancy - in a cooperative effort between the Don’t Move Firewood campaign and the Tennessee Chapter’s Forest Conservation program - formed a partnership with the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council (now the SRA) with the goal of expanding the Firewood Scout site nationally. The first three additional states (California, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) were selected for their willingness and ability to become pilot states for the newly expanded Firewood Scout site.
Today, Firewood Scout continues to add new partnering states and to spread the message of “Buy your firewood where you plan to burn it!”