Firewood - Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

Asked September 16, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

We live in State College, and have several trees that are being killed off by the emerald ash borer beetle. Is it OK to use wood from these trees for firewood? Can we store the wood next to the house while it ages? We would not be transporting the wood anywhere.

Centre County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs firewood horticulture

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Dear Homeownwer,

You can use the wood as firewood and you are correct, you cannot transport it out of state. However, the state of PA has lifted the quarantine of transporting the firewood in-state, because the pest is now widespread within the state:

"News for Immediate Release
Feb. 18, 2011
State Lifts Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine, Federal Q
uarantine Remains
Pennsylvania Hardwoods Industry will Benefit from Ch
– The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today
announced that
the state Emerald Ash Borer quarantine restricting
the in-state movement of ash
materials and all hardwood firewood will be lifted
April 15. However, a federal
quarantine remains in effect.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly invasive, wood-bo
ring beetle that kills ash trees
and poses a threat to the state’s $25 billion hardw
oods industry.
“Lifting our quarantine will allow free movement on
Emerald Ash Borer-regulated
materials within Pennsylvania,” said acting Agricul
ture Secretary George Greig. “As
Emerald Ash Borer has moved rapidly across the stat
e, the in-state quarantine
restrictions no longer serve a productive purpose.”
Because of the beetle’s aggressive movement across
Pennsylvania, the in-state
quarantine – initially intended to slow the pest’s
spread – is now unnecessary.

General Info on the Emerald Ash Borer

I would not store too much firewood next to the house, just enough for immediate use. See the following factsheet on storing firewood from Cornell EXTENSION: