Firewood can harbor many different kinds of invasive pests and diseases that are harmful to Iowa's trees. Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, oak wilt, and sirex wood wasp are just a few pests that can be transported on firewood.
The spread of Emerald Ash Borer into uninfected areas has been done primarily through the movement of firewood.
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That all of Iowa, and certain areas of Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are currently under a federal firewood transport quarantine established by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB). It is felt that EAB may be resident in the wood and could be spread through firewood transport to un-infested areas. It is in direct violation of the USDA APHIS quarantine for you to bring firewood from a quarantined state or county into non quarantined areas.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to prevent the spread of forest pests, the USDA reccommends not moving firewood. It is felt that EAB may be resident in the wood and could be spread through firewood transport to un-infested areas. It is in direct violation of the USDA APHIS quarantine for you to bring firewood from a quaratined area to a non-quarantined area.
The entire State of Iowa is quaratined for Emerald Ash Borer. Although it is not illegal to transport firewood within the state it is still strongly reccomended that firewood should be obtained only within the county where it will be burned. It is important not move firewood from county to county or state to state to prevent the spread of forest pests.
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EAB Quarantine Map
Don't Move Firewood
Emerald Ash Borer Information
Please help protect Iowa's forest resource by reporting illegal firewood by turning in this completed form: Report Illegal Firewood
New Law for Selling Firewood in Iowa began in 2011