"This is a busy season for picnics, camping and other activities at
our state sites, so we want to remind visitors of the ban on
firewood from areas where the emerald ash borer has been detected,"
said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. "We also remind visitors to our
sites that another way to help prevent the spread of EAB is to buy
or bring only firewood that is well-seasoned and can be totally
burned during their stay."
The ban on firewood from quarantine areas is intended to help
limit the spread of the emerald ash borer, particularly to state
parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas, recreation
areas, natural areas, and other lands owned or managed by the
Department of Natural Resources. Visitors may be asked by site or
campground personnel to forfeit their firewood if the firewood is
from an emerald ash borer quarantine area.
The regulation, implemented in 2006, also bans the sale or
distribution of firewood at Department of Natural Resources sites
unless authorized in writing by the department. Many state sites
offer firewood for purchase through local concessionaires. Through
these agreements, the department monitors the source of firewood.
Emerald ash borer was first detected in Illinois in 2006. The
Illinois Department of Agriculture has established a quarantine zone
in an 18-county area of northeast Illinois. Emerald ash borer
presence has been confirmed in communities in Cook, Kane, DuPage and
Areas in Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
and Ohio, as well as Ontario, Canada, are also under quarantine for
emerald ash borer. Transporting firewood is one way the emerald ash
borer can be spread from areas with infested trees. Quarantines are
intended to prevent infested ash firewood, logs or nursery trees
from being transported and starting new infestations.
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The emerald ash borer is an exotic non-native insect believed to
have been transported to the U.S. from Asia in wood packing
material. Adult beetles cause some damage to ash trees by eating
foliage. The most significant damage is the result of larvae feeding
on the inner bark of ash trees, eventually killing the affected
Just a reminder: Help stop the spread. Don't move firewood, buy
locally, and burn locally.
For more information on emerald ash borer, check
Regarding Firewood at State Sites (17 Ill. Adm. Code 110)
"It shall be
unlawful for any person to bring or possess on Department of Natural
Resources properties firewood from any geographical area where wood
exportation has been prohibited by either State or federal
quarantine, or any county adjacent to a county included in such a
quarantine area, or to sell or distribute firewood on Department
properties without prior written agreement with the Department
pursuant to 17 Ill. Adm. Code 150 – Regulations for the Letting of
Concessions, Farm Leases, Sale of Buildings and Facilities, and
Demolitions. Department staff may confiscate any firewood brought
onto Department properties found to be in violation of this Part."
Department of Natural Resources
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]