Firewood Restriction in Effect on State Land

Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

dnrNow that the 2010 camping season has started, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds campers that only firewood purchased at a state park or from a DNR-approved vendor may be brought onto any DNR-administered lands. This is to prevent the spread of forest pests, such as emerald ash borer (EAB), which can catch a ride to new locations.

For a list of approved firewood vendors, visit the DNR website. The receipt supplied by the approved vendor must be retained as proof of purchase.

Visitors bringing unapproved firewood onto DNR-administered lands, including wood brought from home, must surrender it and may be subject to a $100 fine.

Susan Burks, DNR’s Exotic Species Program coordinator, adds that Minnesotans should take the following steps to keep EAB and other forest pests from spreading

* Leave extra firewood onsite and don’t bring it home.
* Never buy or move firewood that came from outside of Minnesota.

Those camping on state forest land outside of a designated campground may gather dead wood on the ground for campfire use onsite. In state parks and designated campgrounds in state forests, visitors are prohibited from scavenging dead wood.

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