Firewood Restrictions Information

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Emerald ash borer (EAB) and many other forest pests and diseases can be accidentally transported in firewood. In order to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive pests, state statute was amended by a commissioner's order in December 2017 banning all firewood in DNR lands unless approved by the DNR (Minnesota Statute, section 89.551, Sec. 2). If you bring unapproved firewood with you to a state-administered campground, you will have to surrender the wood or be denied entry. If you are caught burning unapproved firewood on DNR lands, you may be fined.

What is Approved Firewood?

  • Firewood sold by the DNR at state parks.
  • Firewood purchased from a vendor that is either:
    • Non-ash firewood harvested from and purchased in the same county where it will be used (be sure to keep your receipt to show proof of purchase)
    • Firewood harvested in Minnesota that has been certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (be sure to keep your receipt to show proof of purchase).
  • Kiln-dried, unpainted, unstained dimensional lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substances, or manufactured logs. Pallet wood is not approved firewood. Dimensional lumber does not require proof of purchase.

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