Consider the following:
There are currently 48 different pieces of legislation pending at the federal and state level that specifically mention firewood. (Nov. 2015)
The Department of Energy has been trying to ignore firewood since 2011, omitting it completely in public reports and publications as recently as 2015
All other fuels (including pellets, solar and wind) have well-funded organizations watching out for the interests of their respective markets
Every year we see more local ordinances restricting the burning of wood
The NFA began as an organization dedicated to serving those who make a living from firewood, but have learned that the biggest threat to the industry is legislation that affects everyone who burns wood, whether they buy it or cut it themselves.
Member Benefits for People Who Burn Firewood
- The NFA looks out for your right to burn wood
- NFA Newsletter subscription keeps you informed on legislation and the latest news on firewood trends and techniques from around the globe
- E-mail alerts – what you can do in your area when firewood is regulations are being discussed
- A pair of NFA bumper stickers to show your enthusiastic support of burning wood
- You’ll also help to fund our public outreach initiatives. We intend to improve the public perception of firewood through educational messages.
What’s so important about firewood?
We believe firewood deserves special status because of its crucial role in human history. Firewood has heated dwellings and cooked meals since the stone age, and brought us all the way into the industrial age before alternative fuels became widely available.
That firewood is the only fuel that can be harvested, processed and burned by a single individual is the crux of our assertion that the right to burn firewood must be carefully considered as a right to survive.
When the ancient philosophers spoke of the classical elements, earth, air, water and fire — what is it that you suppose was on fire? Fire is not an element — it is an exothermic chemical reaction. Wood is the elemental part of the equation.
Now, notice that the other ‘classical’ elements have any number of organizations shouting loudly to promote conservation and influence regulation. The American Lung Association (air quality), Greenpeace (Oceans and earth), Earth Day… where is the group representing fire? About the only time fire is mentioned is in relation to a forest fire or structural fire.
Is Firewood Under Attack?
The answer is a qualified yes. In certain parts of the country it has become illegal to install a (wood) fireplace in a new building, and in others burning wood is banned at the times of year when it is most needed.
While we understand that these regulations were adopted to address real air-quality issues locally, we believe there are more forward-thinking solutions other than banning the use of firewood altogether.
Federally, firewood is being ignored. The Department of Energy completely omitted wood heat from it’s recent publication “Energy Saver: Tips on Saving Money & Energy at Home.”
Here’s an excerpt: “Although several different types of fuels are available
to heat our homes, nearly half of us use natural gas.” That’s an odd way to say “More than half of us don’t.”
Wood stoves are facing the most stringent EPA regulation in history, and there’s no telling what the future will bring. The one thing that is certain is that every other fuel has loud voices and well-organized groups driving focused agendas that do not benefit firewood.
Without your support of the NFA firewood has a vast number of critics — and no strong voice speaking in its defense.