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Maine

Buy It Where You Burn It!

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Why use local firewood? Here’s the Maine takeaway!

Emerald ash borer (EAB) was detected on Maine’s northern border in 2018, and in southern Maine near the New Hampshire border in 2019. This insect has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in other states. As far as we know, the majority of Maine forests are still free from EAB. Whether you are an out-of-state visitor, or in-state consumer, burning firewood that is grown and harvested locally is key to decreasing the movement of EAB, the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), and other hitchhiking pests. Thank you for doing your part to protect Maine’s native plants and animals!

Firewood originating from other states is BANNED from entering Maine unless it has been treated so that its core temperature has reached at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 75 minutes. See the state’s emergency order for complete firewood regulations.

Maine’s Firewood FAQs

I live in Maine, so it must be fine to bring firewood from home if I go camping in a different part of the state…right?

Maine has internal quarantines for EAB and other forest pests, like gypsy moth and hemlock woolly adelgid. You must check whether any of these quarantines apply to your firewood in order to know where it can be lawfully transported. If you are still unsure, the best practice is to move it no more than 25 miles from its source site.

If I inadvertently brought firewood from out of state and want to dispose of it to be safe, can I take it somewhere?

Follow this link for a short list of Firewood Disposal Drop-off Sites! Firewood Ban & Disposal Contact Page

Tips for Burning Where You Buy It:

    Use firewood that is as close to your campsite as you can find - use FirewoodScout.org to locate local sources! Only buy as much wood as you are going to burn - while we don’t want firewood from other states to come here, we don’t want to send any south, either! If you are camping far from a convenient firewood-seller, purchase certified USDA heat-treated wood. (This firewood will be sold in a bundle with a label that specifies that it has been officially heat-treated.)

Want more information on Maine’s Invasive Pest initiatives? Check out the Maine Bug Watch on Facebook!

This summary was last updated April 5, 2021.