Got Firewood? What you need to know! (PDF: 1.74 MB / 2 pages)
Minnesota Firewood Must Be Labeled
Minn. Stat. § 239.093 (2014)
(a) A package offered, exposed, or held for sale must bear a clear and conspicuous declaration of:
(1) the identity of the commodity in the package, unless the commodity can be easily identified through the wrapper or container;
(2) the net quantity in terms of weight, measure, or count;
(3) the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor, if the packages were not produced on the premises where they are offered, exposed, or held for sale; and
(4) the unit price, if the packages are part of a lot containing random weight packages of the same commodity.
(b) This section is not intended to conflict with the packaging requirements of the Department of Agriculture. If a conflict occurs, the laws and rules of the Department of Agriculture govern.
(c) Firewood sold or distributed in this state must include information regarding the harvest locations of the wood by county or counties and state on each label or wrapper.
(d) Paragraph (c) may be enforced using the authority granted in this chapter or section 18J.05 or 84D.13.
1991 c 198 s 9; 2007 c 36 s 4; 2010 c 333 art 1 s 16;
(a) Bulk sales of commodities, when the buyer and seller are not both present to witness the measurement, must be accompanied by a delivery ticket containing the following information:
(1) the name and address of the person who weighed or measured the commodity;
(2) the date delivered;
(3) the quantity delivered;
(4) the count of individually wrapped packages delivered, if more than one is included in the quantity delivered;
(5) the quantity on which the price is based, if different than the quantity delivered; and
(6) the identity of the commodity in the most descriptive terms commercially practicable, including representations of quality made in connection with the sale.
(b) This section is not intended to conflict with the bulk sale requirements of the Department of Agriculture. If a conflict occurs, the law and rules of the Department of Agriculture govern.
(c) Firewood sold or distributed in this state must include delivery ticket information regarding the harvest locations of the wood by county or counties and state.
1991 c 198 s 8; 2007 c 36 s 3; 2010 c 333 art 1 s 15; 2012 c 244 art 1 s 68
Firewood that originates in a quarantined area is required to have a stamp, sticker, or permit with the federal shield on the package label or invoice to move interstate. This certifies that the wood has gone through a process which should reduce the risk of it carrying a regulated pest as it moves out of a quarantined area. Learn to recognize the shield and understand its meaning. Moving firewood out of quarantine areas without proper certification is punishable by monetary fine up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment.
The Federal shield does not mean the firewood is lower risk than Minnesota firewood.
The safest wood to buy and sell is from Minnesota.
To send firewood out of state call USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service about regulations.
Gypsy moth and emerald ash borer are examples of invasive species that have killed millions of trees in nearby states. Others, such as Asian longhorned beetle and sirex woodwasp, also pose threats to health of Minnesota’s trees and forests.
NOT MOVING FIREWOOD IS IMPORTANT
Many invasive pest species live on or in trees, lumber, and firewood. Moving untreated firewood can spread pests
Firewood can be transported out of the EAB quarantine if all conditions are met:
Firewood cannot be transported out of the quarantined area if:
If you transport wood out of a QUARANTINE AREA, it needs to have a certificate.
All state-certified wood materials will have the state certificate on the label. Certified materials have been processed or treated according to the state regulations to mitigate plant pest risk before crossing quarantine boundaries
The federal shield indicates that regulated articles have been certified by regulatory officials as having been processed, transported properly under domestic quarantines, or both.
The USDA or MDA certification shields indicate firewood can be moved around the state.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Plant Protection Division
Arrest the Pest
USDA, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
Plant Protection & Quarantine
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
651-296-6157 (metro) or 888-646-6367 (greater Minnesota)
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Weights & Measures
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org