Firewood Vendor FAQs
Responses to approved firewood vendor frequently asked questions
- Being a DNR–approved vendor does not "certify" you or your firewood, nor does it guarantee that you can sell your firewood to those using it on lands managed by other entities or in other states. It simply means that those buying your firewood can use it on DNR–administered lands according to Minnesota state statute.
- Being a DNR–approved firewood vendor does not guarantee that your wood is pest free. Unless it is heat-treated according to federal guidelines, it only means that your firewood is less likely to move pests not already found at its destination. So advertising it as "safe" or "pest-free" is stretching the truth.
- If you wish to have your firewood certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) so it can be used at any DNR facility, contact the MDA Plant Protection Division . More information
- If you are already MDA certified, you must still apply to become a DNR–approved vendor. Include your MDA documentations with your DNR application.
- DNR firewood regulations do not apply to wood used on non-DNR lands. However, some other organizations such as county parks and private campground have similar firewood restrictions. Check with them if you plan to sell wood for use at their facilities.
- Unless it is MDA certified, ash firewood is not allowed on DNR–administered lands and must be kept separate and out of any firewood sold to the public for use on DNR–administered lands.
- Firewood harvested outside Minnesota is not allowed on DNR-administered lands, even if it is USDA certified.
- MDA-certified firewood harvested in Minnesota may be used on any DNR-administered land without regard to the distance from the harvest site.
- Note that being certified by MDA is not necessarily the same thing as being federally certified. Federal certification is only for vendors harvesting wood within a quarantined county in another state under a federal compliance agreement.
- Whether or not you are DNR–approved, you must comply with state and federal regulations, including the Department of Commerce labeling statute. More information