Pathways: Firewood

Firewood is a raw forest product that is widely utilized and moved throughout the United States with relatively limited consideration of the potential pests within or the associated risks.

Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These pests can't move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control.

Even if your firewood doesn’t show signs of insects such as holes in wood or sawdust; or show signs of disease such as mushrooms or discoloration, doesn’t mean they are not there. Please remember Buy it where you’ll burn it. Buy firewood from a source close to where you will be burning it.

The Nature Conservancy
  • Department of Agriculture  |  
  • Ellington Agricultural Center  |  
  • 440 Hogan Road  |  
  • Nashville, TN 37220  |  
  • (615) 837-5520  |  
  • Protect.TNForests@tn.gov