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Firewood Rules

Buy it Where You Burn it

There are 140 known pests and pathogens that can be moved in firewood. Conserving our Hoosier forests is everyone’s responsibility, so the DNR has a firewood management rule.

You can bring firewood into a state park, reservoir, state forest or state fish & wildlife area if:

  • It is kiln-dried scrap lumber with no bark.
  • It is from your home or other Indiana location and has all bark removed.
  • It bears a USDA compliance stamp.
  • It has a state compliance stamp with it.
  • It is purchased from the property camp store or on-site firewood vendor.

Find a firewood vendor who has a State of Indiana compliance agreement.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact firewood@dnr.IN.gov.

Thank you for doing your part to protect and conserve the forest resources on our DNR properties.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is this rule in place?
2. What are some of the other pests that are transported by firewood?
3. The rule says the only wood I can bring from home is kiln-dried scrap lumber or wood with the bark removed. What is the best way to remove the bark?
4. Why does wood that I buy from a local vendor or a department store still have bark on it when I can’t bring wood from home with bark on it?
5. Can I bring debarked wood from home if I live in another state?
6. Where can I buy wood with a federal compliance stamp?
7. Where can I buy wood with a state compliance stamp?
8. I used to be able to bring in pine. Can I still do that?
9. What will happen if I don’t follow this rule?
10. If I want to sell firewood, how can I get a state compliance agreement?

state firewood stamp

Sample of
State Firewood Compliance Stamp
federal firewood stamp

Sample of
Federal Firewood Compliance Stamp

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