Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Don't Move Firewood - Protects Forests and Agriculture


New Firewood Movement Quarantine and How it helps Protect our Forests and Agriculture

The quarantine is designed to protect our forests and the agriculture industry from harmful pests. It is estimated to potentially save consumers and commerce millions of dollars in treatment costs.  There are a number of pests in surrounding states that can do considerable harm if they become established in Utah.  
We are asking people to not move wood into Utah from other states.

The Emerald Ash Borer is established in Colorado and is one species of concern. They damage and kill Ash trees, and are difficult to control. The Japanese beetle is another pest that attacks 300 different kinds of plants including lawn turf, typical garden plants and many varieties of trees in Utah.

Having the quarantine in place means reducing the potential for costly treatment of ornamental trees for Utah residents.  Preventing the introduction of pests in Utah means less spraying of insecticides in general; healthier Urban forests, healthier fruit trees, and healthier national forests. It also allows businesses to export tree and plant products to other states.

The quarantine does not affect the typical fall firewood gatherer in Utah.  
Those who like to salvage firewood from the mountains can still do that, with the exception of cutting in neighboring states and bringing the wood back to Utah.   

One of the provisions of the quarantine is that commercial firewood sold at stores must carry labeling that identifies where the wood came from.  This is to make sure it doesn’t come from states with insects we are trying to keep out.

For more information visit this link.

See a public affairs television broadcast about this subject.








posted: Oct. 13, 2017