Transporting firewood may seem harmless, however, moving firewood from one location to another can inadvertently move invasive species to new areas with disastrous results for both our forests and our urban trees.

Don’t let firewood with no holes or signs of pests fool you, as tiny eggs and fungal spores are impossible to see sometimes.

The movement of firewood poses a substantial risk to Canada’s economy and environment and a mass infestation of an invasive species can limit your ability to enjoy the environment around you and negatively affect the property value of your home. Canada has 347 million ha of forest cover; that is almost 9% of the world’s forests!

Prevention is the most cost-effective method for managing the negative impacts of non-native organisms.

  • Best to buy from a source that is local to where you are going to burn it. Don’t Move Firewood more than 80 km; less than 20 km is even better.
  • Trees in our forests and urban landscapes are dead and dying from invasive species and forest pests and we don’t know what the next invasive insect or disease will be.

Be aware of firewood movement restrictions -moving firewood from places where regulated pests have been found can be a violation of the Plant Protection Act, with penalties of up to $50,000 and/or prosecution. Be aware of movement restrictions that may be in place before you move wood or wood products.

  • Moving firewood out of regulated areas is prohibited.
  • Never bring firewood to a National Park; instead buy it on the Parks Canada property.
  • It is against both Canada and U.S. laws to bring untreated firewood across our common border.

For more information about these restrictions, contact your local Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office.