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Prohibited Firewood

From out-of-state:

All out-of-state firewood is prohibited from the State of New Hampshire unless it is labeled as certified heat-treated to 160°F (71°C) for 75 minutes or the firewood is for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes and moved with a firewood transportation compliance agreement issued by either the NH Dept. Agriculture, Markets & Food, or the NH Dept. Resources and Economic Development.

Within New Hampshire:

All firewood (48” or less, split or unsplit) of any hardwood species or any ash (Fraxinus) material cannot be moved from Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack or Rockingham counties (complete list of towns). Processors of wood (firewood kilns, mills, chippers, etc.) may qualify for a compliance agreement with the state of New Hampshire or the USDA APHIS PPQ.

Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and many other states also have restrictions on moving firewood. Federal restrictions may apply depending on origin of firewood. For more information, visit  www.dontmovefirewood.org.

Don't move firewood from the New Hampshire towns pictured within the purple boundary to towns within the New Hampshire counties in gray (see the full list of towns by county here).

Recommendations:
  • Limit firewood transportation even from areas not listed as prohibited above or within Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham counties.
  • Buy or gather firewood near your destination, and only what you will use on your trip.
  • When you buy firewood locally, get a receipt.
  • Burn all firewood to completion before you leave; don't take it to your next destination or leave it for the next person.
  • Tell your friends about the risks of traveling with firewood– no one wants to be responsible for starting a new pest infestation.