Is that firewood from another state? I thought that NH had a restiction on out of state wood due to insect infestation.
NH to impose strict firewood quarantine
CONCORD, N.H. —The State of New Hampshire will implement a quarantine of out-of-state firewood
starting July 18 to control the spread of invasive forest pests.
“Invasive pests of trees are often spread through the transportation of firewood, which can be infested
with insects, even if there is no visible evidence” said New Hampshire State Entomologist Piera Siegert.
“We’re trying to reduce the risk to our native trees by initiating a quarantine of firewood.”
New Hampshire Forest Entomologist Kyle Lombard agreed.
“It’s surprising how much and how far people are willing to transport firewood. We surveyed firewood
use at campgrounds and found that 40 percent of the out-of state campers brought it from home. Many
of those folks were from as far away as Florida, North Carolina, and California. We have seen that every
stick of firewood taken from these campers had insects, to the tune of about 30 per piece.”
A joint state-federal regulation implemented two years ago restricted firewood movement on state
reservation lands and national forest lands within New Hampshire, including their respective
The new quarantine expands upon these earlier restrictions to prohibit out-of-state firewood movement
to all lands in New Hampshire. Under the new regulations, only approved heat-treated firewood or
firewood transported with a compliance agreement may enter New Hampshire.
“Treated firewood,” or firewood certified to have been heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees
Celsius) for 75 minutes, is exempt from the exterior firewood quarantine. This is because the treatment
kills the insects and diseases within the wood. All treated firewood must be properly packaged and clearly
The quarantine will also allow commercial firewood producers and residents to apply for a firewood
compliance agreement. The compliance agreement would only be to transport one cord or more of
firewood from selected counties in neighboring states. The pre-approved counties are subject to change
should there be a discovery of an insect or disease of concern within the county.
The following counties are pre-approved:
Maine: Franklin, Oxford, Androscoggin, Cumberland, York
Vermont: All counties
Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex, Franklin
A copy of the FCA must accompany any firewood shipped to New Hampshire.
The FCA will be an agreement between the applicant and the N.H. Department of Resources and
Economic Development or the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. The process will be
different for commercial producers of firewood and for residents. Residents wishing to transport one cord
of firewood or more, for home heating purposes only, may use the abbreviated compliance agreement
available on-line at www.nhdfl.org