|Contact the MDA or USDA with questions about invasive
species and firewood regulations
The regulations affect movement of "any" firewood from
"quarantined areas. Currently no wood may be moved out of Illinois,
Michigan, Ohio or Indiana: .
As concerned property owners, the campgrounds in Indiana are trying to
protect their trees and many have set restrictions on firewood. Please
check with the campground prior to your visit to find out if they allow
firewood to be brought onto their property. The IDNR has issued a "NO
MOVE" order on ANY hard woods. As it is difficult to tell the
difference between the types of trees once the wood has been split. Most
state parks will NOT allow you to bring any firewood into their
facilities, regardless of the type or source in which it came. There are
also severe penalties for transporting wood containing the Emerald Ash
Bore, fines up to $500.00 PER PIECE have been publicized.
Businesses that sell firewood now have to be certified by the state to
sell firewood that may leave their immediate areas. If you purchase
wood bundles with the "approved USDA" logo, Check with your
destination campground for their firewood policy prior to arrival.
This is NOT a gimmick to force campers to buy firewood from the
campgrounds, it is to slow the spread of the Ash bore. There are no
current pesticides that are 100% effective on eliminating the Emerald Ash
Bore pest. The insect is about 3/4" in size at maturity so it is
difficult to view.
The Emerald Ash Bore feeds off live Ash Trees, generally from the top
of the tree down.
To find more information on this subject check the following web sites
or contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, MDA and USDA.
(requires Abode reader)