To slow the spread of forest pests, state law restricts when and how logs can be moved from a woodlot to a sawmill. Make sure your logger is up to speed on the latest wood quarantines.
Oak wilt quarantine districts have been established in the towns of Middlesex, Canandaigua, South Bristol and Glenville, the borough of Brooklyn, and all of Suffolk County. Use this 2-page Department of Environmental Conservation factsheet to find out what the oak wilt quarantine means for you and your logger.
Although the emerald ash borer quarantine was lifted in New York State in July 2018, you and your logger should be aware of state regulations around firewood transport. This Department of Environmental Conservation article explains the details of the New York State Firewood Regulation. It also lists pests and threats that can spread through the wood products of various tree species.
While the Department of Environmental Conservation is no longer actively managing emerald ash borer in New York State, they are still tracking its spread. This article shows a map of confirmed counties with EAB across the state. It also lists ongoing efforts, such as guidelines for moving ash wood responsibly and work to identify potentially resistant “lingering ash” trees.