Only approved firewood is allowed on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-managed lands, which include state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas.

Firewood restrictions help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt.

“In recent weeks, various state parks have been experiencing a surge of people bringing in unapproved firewood,” said Susan Olin, Lake Bemidji State Park assistant manager. “Firewood is approved by location, not by vendor. Firewood approved for use at one state park or forest is not necessarily approved for use at another state park or forest.”

Firewood that can be used on state-managed lands must be offered for sale by the DNR at that location or from a DNR-approved firewood vendor less than 50 miles from where it will be burned, or firewood that originated in Minnesota and obtained from a DNR-approved firewood vendor with a  vendor ticket, bundle label or sales receipt attached, or kiln dried, clean (unpainted and unstained) dimensional lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substance

The DNR also recommends that people avoid transporting wood from their home area to their lake cabin or other recreation sites around the state. The best firewood is local or MDA Certified firewood.

For more information, including a list of approved firewood vendors, visit or contact the DNR Information Center at,651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.