The Minnesota DNR recently released an updated list of restrictions on firewood for this summer. The change in rules is to further help the prevention of spreading invasive species like the emerald ash borer and gypsy moths.

The new rules state that you can't have any firewood on DNR land that is not approved by the DNR. If you are caught entering a state-administered campground with unapproved wood you will be forced to surrender the wood and you will not be allowed into the campsite. If you are caught burning unapproved wood you could be fined up to $100.

Of course, if you're a camper you're probably wondering what kind of wood you ARE allowed to use!

  • Any firewood sold by the DNR at a state park.
  • Firewood purchased from a vendor that is either non-ash and was harvested, purchased, and will be burned in the same county, OR it's firewood that has been harvested in Minnesota and has been approved by the DNR or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In both of these cases, make sure you keep a receipt for proof of purchase.
  • Any wood that is "kiln-dried, unpainted, unstained dimensional lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substances, or manufactured logs." Pallet wood is not approved and dimensional lumber doesn't need any proof of purchase.

So do your part to prevent the spread of these invasive species and happy camping!


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