In an effort to protect Minnesota forests, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced new firewood rules for state parks, state forests and other DNR managed lands.

These new rules were needed because quarantine boundaries instituted for gypsy moth and emerald ash borer made the former rules problematic.

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.

When purchasing firewood, be sure the bundle label includes the county of harvest. 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.

Make sure you save your receipt when you purchase firewood as you may need it as a proof of purchase and avoid a $100 penalty from the DNR.

Follow the link below for more details on Minnesota approved firewood.