In an effort to slow the progression of the emerald ash borer, guidelines and restrictions have been placed on firewood usage. The spread of this pest into previously unaffected areas has occured primarily through the movement of infected firewood. As of February 4, 2014, Iowa has been placed under transport quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a preventative measure.
Firewood should be burned only within the limits of the county in which it was purchased. Please do not move firewood across county or state lines. Buy local, burn local!
Only firewood that meets the following criteria will be allowed into Polk County Conservation's campgrounds and parks:
- Firewood processed and sold by Polk County Conservation with appropriate label (Fig.1)
- Untreated dimensional lumber (such as scrap 2" x 4")
- Locally harvested firewood with label meeting Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship guidelines (Fig.2)
- Firewood with proper USDA-APHIS label (Fig. 3)
Park Users and Firewood Vendors
Local vendors, distributors and park users will be affected by this policy.
For your convenience, we have created labels that meet the requirements of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Vendors and park users may simply enter the required information into this PDF file, print, and attach to any firewood for sale or firewood that is brought into our parks.
To download a poster outlining PCC's policy, click here.
A fact sheet describing the rules and requirements for Iowans buying and selling firewood is available here.
Iowa Tree Pests Website
Iowa DNR EAB Website
Iowa State University Extension
National EAB Website