Firewood Regulations: only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or a state agency may be brought into the park. Campers may also collect dead and down wood found in the immediate vicinity of campgrounds and picnic areas.
Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal. Heat-treated wood is available from a growing list of private businesses in communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Concessioners at Peaks of Otter Sharp Top Store, Price Lake Boat Rentals, and Pisgah Inn Country Store sell heat-treated wood during their operating season (typically May-November). Visit firewoodscout.org for a map of local stores and businesses that sell certified firewood. Additional information about this regulation.
Destructive Insect PestsDestructive insects and diseases can be transported in firewood. The forests of the Blue Ridge Parkway could be devastated by these insects.
Emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America since its discovery here in 2002. The insect is originally from Asia, but was accidentally introduced to North America. The adult beetles eat ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. More information about emerald ash borer is available from:
Don't Move Firewood!Visit the Don't Move Firewood! website for a wealth of information, including state-by-state updates on threats, interactive games, entertaining videos, insect identification, and ways you can help stop the spread of these and other destructive pests.
For additional information about other introduced insects and diseases that threaten the Parkway's forests, please visit:
Last updated: July 17, 2019