Last Minute Reminders for Campers Heading to Iowa State Parks for Holiday Weekend
Posted: 05/25/2011

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR LABELS ON FIREWOOD

Campers are reminded of the new requirements on labeling of firewood. On Jan. 1, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship began requiring all firewood sold or acquired in Iowa to have the county and state of harvest location on the label of packages and the delivery ticket for bulk firewood.

Q: What is firewood?
A: According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, firewood is any wood less than four feet long.

Q: Do I need a label if I bring firewood cut from my property?
A: Yes. Include your name as the seller and harvester, price as free, and the county, state and date of the harvest.

Q: What if I buy firewood from a seller near the park and he does not have it labeled?
A: Ask the seller to make a label with the required information because they would be in violation as the seller, and by transporting that wood without a label you would also be in violation.

Q: What does the new requirement mean?
A: Basically if anyone is transporting apiece of multiple pieces of wood that are up to four feet long, they will need a label accompanying it that states:

Firewood Label: Key Points

SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE FOR THE WEEKEND

The current weather forecast includes potential scattered storms across Iowa over the three day weekend. In the event of severe weather, state parks staff will make every attempt to alert campers, but ultimately, campers are responsible for their own safety.

"We are encouraging campers to pay attention to the weather and to get familiar with what to do or where to go in the case of severe weather," said Jim Lawson, state parks supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "It would also be a good idea to bring a weather radio and to make a severe weather plan with your fellow campers."

Each state park has a pamphlet that lists the location or building, either in or out of the park boundaries, that is recommended for severe weather.