Firewood Scout



Buy It Where You Burn It!

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Why use local firewood? Here’s the Maine takeaway!

Whether you are an out-of-state visitor, or in-state consumer, burning firewood that is grown and harvested locally is key to decreasing the movement of pests that threaten native plant and animal life in Maine. Two well-known insect species that threaten Maine are the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), which have been discovered in other New England states and have caused irreparable damage to forests in the northeast.

Firewood originating from other states is BANNED from entering Maine unless it meets the requirements of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s emergency order restricting transportation of firewood.

I live in Maine, so it must be fine to bring firewood from home if I go camping in a different part of the state…right?

Maine has internal quarantines for other forest pests, like gypsy moth and hemlock woolly adelgid, so it’s important to check the details of the quarantine to determine whether or not you are breaking the law by moving firewood. Best practice guidelines for intrastate firewood movement is to not move it more than 50 miles from its source site, or beyond quarantine boundaries. .

If I inadvertently brought firewood from out of state and want to dispose of it to be safe, can I take it somewhere?

Follow this link for a short list of Firewood Disposal Drop-off Sites! Firewood Ban & Disposal Contact Page

Maine’s Firewood FAQs

Tips for Burning Where You Buy It:

  • Use firewood that is as close to your campsite as you can find - use to locate local sources!
  • Only buy as much wood as you are going to burn - while we don’t want firewood from other states to come here, we don’t want to send any south, either!
  • If you are camping far from a convenient firewood-seller, purchase certified USDA heat-treated wood. (This firewood will be sold in a bundle with a label that specifies that it has been officially heat-treated.)

Want more information on Maine’s Invasive Pest initiatives? Check out the Maine Bug Watch on facebook!