“Don’t Move Firewood!” What About Transporting Timber?

by Karen Ripley, Forest Health Program Manager
Washington Department of Natural Resources

Many small forest landowners’ have concerns that they have seen “Don’t Move Firewood!” bulletins, but frequently see log trucks carrying trees from eastern Washington forests to mills located in western Washington. Should you be concerned about insects like the western spruce budworm (or worse) that could be carried on these logs?

Although the “Don’t Move Firewood!” national campaigns advocate using wood gathered within a 10 mile radius, and avoiding firewood movement more than 50 miles, the specific situation within Washington makes us comfortable moving logs from eastern Washington forests to western Washington mills.