Sports and Outdoors

Friday, April 15, 2011

DNR implements new firewood policy

Indiana DNR News Release:

There are 140 known pests and pathogens that can be moved from place to place in firewood. We all have a responsibility to conserve our Hoosier forests, so the DNR has implemented a new firewood management policy that will be in place on all of our properties this year.

We also know how important campfires are to each of you when you camp, so we’ve included ways that you can still bring firewood in with you.

You can bring firewood into a state park, reservoir, state forest or state fish and wildlife area if
  • It is kiln-dried scrap lumber.
  • It is from your home or other location in Indiana and has the bark removed. (Ideally, ½ inch of sapwood beneath the bark will also be removed.)
  • It is purchased from a department store, grocery store, gas station, etc. and bears a USDA compliance stamp.
  • It is purchased from a local firewood vendor outside the property and has a state compliance stamp with it.
  • It is purchased from the property camp store or on-site firewood vendor and has a state compliance stamp.
Please go to for more details on this new policy and to see the FAQ.

We look forward to answering your questions about this new policy. You may email those questions to Thank you for doing your part to protect and conserve the forest resources on our DNR properties.

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