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Firewood Quarantine Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions regarding the firewood quarantine New Hampshire.

I am a New Hampshire firewood producer that only sells firewood originating from New Hampshire. How does this quarantine impact my business, and will I need a compliance agreement?

I am a New Hampshire firewood producer that receives occasional shipments of firewood from out-of-state. How does this firewood quarantine impact me?

I live in New Hampshire but have a family woodlot in Vermont that I harvest for firewood to heat my home in the winter. Can I still move firewood from my woodlot?

I have a friend in New York that has a large woodlot. Whenever I visit him, I bring back a pick-up truckload of firewood for use when I go camping. Can I get a compliance agreement for this firewood?

I live in Vermont and would like to spend a week at a campground in New Hampshire. Can I get a compliance agreement to move a couple of bundles of firewood?

I just bought a couple of bundles of firewood at a big box store in Massachusetts on my way to come camping in New Hampshire. Can I bring this firewood into the state?

If I can't bring my firewood to New Hampshire from my home, how can I enjoy a campfire?

back to topI am a New Hampshire firewood producer that only sells firewood originating from New Hampshire. How does this quarantine impact my business, and will I need a compliance agreement?

The exterior firewood quarantine only applies to the importation of firewood from out-of-state, not movement of firewood of New Hampshire origin within the state. You may, however, also be subject to New Hampshire’s interior emerald ash borer quarantine which does regulate the transportation of firewood from Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford counties into the remainder of New Hampshire. If you are a producer in Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, or Strafford County, please contact the Division for more information. If you transport your firewood outside of New Hampshire, you will need to contact the receiving state for their firewood laws.

back to topI am a New Hampshire firewood producer that receives occasional shipments of firewood from out-of-state. How does this firewood quarantine impact me?

You will need to obtain a compliance agreement with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) and Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (DAMF) to bring in firewood from selected counties in Maine. Firewood may not be brought in from any other out-of-state location. If you transport your firewood outside of New Hampshire, you will need to contact the receiving state for their firewood laws.  Be aware that portions of New Hampshire are under federal quarantine for emerald ash borer. Moving firewood from Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham or Strafford counties to Maine is a violation of a federal quarantine with potential penalties.

back to topI live in New Hampshire but have a family woodlot in Vermont that I harvest for firewood to heat my home in the winter. Can I still move firewood from my woodlot?

No. Emerald ash borer has been detected in Vermont. The State of Vermont has issued a quarantine for the entire state. As such, it is a violation of the federal emerald ash borer quarantine to transport Vermont firewood into Carroll, Cheshire, Coös, Grafton or Sullivan Counties. Additionally, transporting any firewood into the State of New Hampshire from out-of-state requires a compliance agreement. The State of New Hampshire is not currently issuing compliance agreements for transportation of firewood from Vermont, except under very limited circumstances with restrictions relating to species of wood transported, timing of transportation, length of firewood, and requirements that transported firewood is only to be moved to heat-treatment facilities.

back to topI have a friend in New York that has a large woodlot. Whenever I visit him, I bring back a pick-up truckload of firewood for use when I go camping. Can I get a compliance agreement for this firewood?

No. We are not issuing compliance agreements for moving firewood from any states except specific counties in Maine. Also, firewood moved under compliance agreement is intended only for commercial producers or residents using firewood for home heating purposes, not for campground use.

back to topI live in Vermont and would like to spend a week at a campground in New Hampshire. Can I get a compliance agreement to move a couple of bundles of firewood?

No, due to federal and state restrictions on firewood transportation. Campfire wood is readily available near your New Hampshire campground. Find local firewood using www.firewoodscout.org. Be aware that Vermont is a federal EAB-quarantined area. Any movement of firewood out of Vermont into a non-quarantined area like Carroll, Cheshire, Coös, Grafton, or Sullivan county or the state of Maine is a violation of federal law. Additionally, transporting any firewood into the State of New Hampshire from out-of-state requires a compliance agreement. The State of New Hampshire is not currently issuing compliance agreements for transportation of firewood from Vermont, except under very limited circumstances with restrictions relating to species of wood transported, timing of transportation, length of firewood, and requirements that transported firewood is only to be moved to heat-treatment facilities.

back to topI just bought a couple of bundles of firewood at a big box store in Massachusetts on my way to come camping in New Hampshire. Can I bring this firewood into the state?

If the firewood is labeled as "heat-treated" and has the name and address of the production facility clearly specified on the label, this firewood may be brought into New Hampshire. However, private campgrounds may have their own policies as to whether or not they will accept your firewood. Please check with the campground for their individual firewood guidelines.

If I can't bring my firewood to New Hampshire from my home, how can I enjoy a campfire?

New Hampshire and Maine, along with eight other states have joined Firewood Scout, a smartphone-friendly website that lists local firewood vendors. Visit www.firewoodscout.org, enter the town or zip code that you are visiting, and a list of local firewood vendors will appear. There are more than 525 firewood vendors listed throughout New Hampshire, so you should have a choice in firewood vendors no matter where you visit. If you purchase hardwood firewood in Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, or Strafford counties, it should be burned to completion before you visit other parts of New Hampshire or Maine in order to avoid spreading the emerald ash borer.


NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109