The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is reminding Hoosiers that with the arrival of camping season, visitors to DNR properties should brush up on their firewood rule. Assistant Director for Stewardship for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, Ginger Murphy, told the Region News Team that in-state visitors can bring firewood from home just as long as the bark has been removed. The reason for bark removal is insect larvae live in the sapwood under the bark. Visitors from outside Indiana cannot bring firewood from out of state because of federal emerald ash borer quarantines.
Guests may also bring firewood into DNR properties, if it's:
— Kiln-dried scrap lumber.
— Purchased outside the property and bears either a USDA compliance stamp or a state compliance stamp.
— Purchased from the property campstore or on-site firewood vendor and has a state compliance stamp.
Regardless of where visitors get their firewood, they should burn it all at the campsite before they leave.
In short, the firewood rule means: “Buy it with a stamp, bring it debarked, burn it all.”
For more about the rule see firewood.dnr.IN.gov. Vendors who want to sell firewood for use in DNR properties should get or renew their compliance agreements.
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Murphy says if you buy firewood from local vendors outside near a park, you should look for a state compliance stamp, which is required before it will be allowed inside D-N-R properties.
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