For many people getting ready to head out of town for the long memorial day weekend, if you are going to a state recreation area or state park you need to be aware of the new rules for firewood in those areas.

The DNR is encouraging the public to be aware of this and follow the rules to help stop the spread of problems with gypsy moth and emerald ash borer. according to WDIO Under these new rules firewood approved on DNR Managed land is allowed

  • Firewood sold at the specific Minnesota state park or recreation area where it will be used.
  • Non-ash firewood that was (1) purchased from a vendor and (2) harvested in the same Minnesota county as the DNR unit where it will be used.
  • Firewood that was (1) purchased from a vendor, (2) harvested in Minnesota and (3) certified to be pest free by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
  • Additional types of acceptable firewood listed at

The DNR is also trying to make it clear to the public that bundles of wood you may have purchased in one are area may not be allowed in another. All of these bundles will have stamps on them and make sure to save the paperwork. Even if you are not someone that goes camping or uses wood outside your backyard, these diseases effect all of us. Our neighborhood in Lakeside just had 100 year old trees lining the sidewalk all cut down, because they were diseased.

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