Vendors retailing firewood, originating in Minnesota, that has been certified by the MN Dept. of Agriculture or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to have been heat-treated and free of pests.
Vendors retailing certified firewood as defined in #2 above may be added to Minnesota’s directory after approval from the MN Department of Natural Resources. For more information, email the MN Firewood Scout State Contact.
Only Approved Firewood is Allowed on Minnesota DNR Lands
Emerald ash borer (EAB) and many other forest pests and diseases can be accidentally transported in firewood. In order to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive pests, state statute was amended by commissioner’s order to prohibit firewood being brought onto Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lands unless approved by the DNR (Minnesota Statute, section 89.551 (b)).
Approved firewood for Minnesota DNR lands is:
Firewood sold by DNR at locations such as state parks.
Non-ash firewood, purchased from a vendor that was harvested in the same county as the DNR unit in which the firewood will be used.
Firewood of any species harvested in Minnesota that has been certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. These bundles will have a shield (see below) incorporated into the label.
De-barked firewood of any species harvested in Minnesota, purchased from a vendor. De-barked means complete bark removal plus one half-inch of wood.
Kiln-dried, unpainted, unstained dimensional lumber, free of metal or foreign substances.
Manufactured logs, such as those made from extruded or pressed sawdust.
For numbers 1-4 above, you must be able to provide DNR staff with a proof of purchase that includes the vendor name, contact information, quantity, the county and state of harvest and date of purchase. In most cases this will require both a receipt and bundle labels.
Persons bringing non-approved firewood onto DNR lands are subject to confiscation of their firewood and a $100 penalty.
Businesses have been included in the Firewood Scout directory for informational purposes only. A listing on this site is not an approval, recommendation, or referral for any business, service, or product, and does not imply that vendors meet any federal, state, or local firewood regulatory requirements. The Sustainable Resources Institute is an equal opportunity provider and employer.