Campfires & Firewood Info
Firewood can be purchased at the camp store, or at an off-site location. Do not cut the campsite's foliage for firewood. Under no circumstances may garbage, refuse, hay, or straw be burned. Firepits must not be more than 3 feet deep. Before leaving camp, extinguish any fires so that they are no longer smoking or smoldering. Firepits must be filled in before you leave; the Coopers can provide extra dirt for filling holes, if you need it.
Due to the Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests (see below)), please plan on purchasing firewood locally, or bringing in only packaged, kiln-dried firewood. If you have any locally-purchased firewood left over at the end of Pennsic, do not take it home with you.
You do not need to burn all your leftover wood at the end of Pennsic. Please leave it neatly stacked at the nearest road to your camp. The campsite will be able to use it for fall bonfires. Do not put firewood into the dumpsters; the trash pickup company will not take wood and have to sort it out of the garbage.
About transporting firewood
Invasive pests such as Emerald Ash Borers, Gypsy Moths, Asian Longhorned Beetles, Sirex Wood Wasps, and Bark Beetles are easily spread when people move infested wood products.
From www.aphis.usda.gov: "It is up to all of us to contribute to the preservation of our Nation's forests by committing to not move firewood from where it is cut. By 'burning where you buy it' you can be sure that you're not accidentally moving these damaging forest pests into new areas. Movement of any type of firewood within Federal [EAB] quarantine boundaries (excluding protected areas) does not require Federal permits, but may require state permits." (see map)
Because of the complexities of which county, state, and international borders firewood can be transported across, we ask that everyone please bring only packaged, kiln-dried firewood from out-of-state, or purchase locally-grown firewood while at Pennsic. Please do not take locally-grown wood back to your home state with you.