Firewood Restriction in Effect on State Land
Now 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.