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#2171004 - 01/30/10 08:24 AM
Firewood law and ethics
ThunderLund78 Offline
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Registered: 07/22/09
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Loc: New Prague, MN
Hi everyone,
I'm trying to educate myself. My family and I are first year cabin owners this year. It's been a long time dream of ours and we were finally able to make it happen. My question is regarding firewood supply for campfires, etc. My Mom and Dad have a virtually unlimited firewood supply at their home, but the cabin is two hours away. From what I can understand, state law prohibits bringing firewood into state parks, WMAs, and Day Use recreation areas (our cabin is not in a state forest or any of these areas). However I'm finding it hard to get info on transporting firewood from one private property to another private property. Is this against the law to transport firewood from my mom and dad's home to the cabin? Even if it isn't against the law, is it ethical? I'm obviously aware the law is there to prevent parasite and disease from spreading and I support that. I guess I'm trying to find out if anyone else knows more about this than I do and what anyone else does. It would be great to not have to buy it since our supply is so good. How far is considered local? Can a supply be inspected and certified for transport if there is a law? I guess I'm just looking for any info or opinions on the subject. Anyone? (sorry for the long post!):)

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#2171010 - 01/30/10 08:27 AM
Re: Firewood law and ethics [Re: ThunderLund78]
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Personally, I don't think its illegal or immoral unless you are coming from an area with known spreadable diseases to one where they don't exist.

Maybe call the DNR or forest service and see if they have any suggestions?

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#2171031 - 01/30/10 08:36 AM
Re: Firewood law and ethics [Re: CJH]
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Registered: 01/14/08
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Loc: Central MN
It is perfectly legal, and nothing morally wrong about it. Look at all those guys selling truckloads of firewood and transporting it all over MN. Think about it...if that was the case how would u even legally burn any wood besides at the base of the tree you cut it from, cuz in one way shape or form your always gunna have to transport it from point A (the woods) to point B (Your fire pit)
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#2171367 - 01/30/10 04:09 PM
Re: Firewood law and ethics [Re: BucksnDucks]
nofishfisherman Offline
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I believe the restrictions are for bringing it into state parks and across state lines.

There is also believe there is a quarantine on Ramsey county after emerald ash borer was found in St. Paul.

Other then that I think you're fair game to transport wood within MN.

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#2171640 - 01/30/10 08:58 PM
Re: Firewood law and ethics [Re: nofishfisherman]
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Loc: Rochester, MN/Wakemup Village
Also reported in wisconsin just across the river from minnesota, south of lacrosse.

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#2171657 - 01/30/10 09:13 PM
Re: Firewood law and ethics [Re: delcecchi]
croixflats Offline
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Registered: 04/27/08
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I believe the DNR states it is recommended to use wood from the surrounding area no mention of being illegal other than state parks, county parks or crossing state lines.
Morally thats one you have to answer for yourself but for me I dont transport firewood for the fact I dont want to be the one that introduces something that does not belong there. Just because comercial outfits do it does not give a green light.

Dont forget its not only the Ash borer were trying not to spread. These guidelines have been in effect for a few years now well before the first case(in our area) of ash borer was detected in Lacross last year.


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