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MADISON – State forest health specialists remind campers and travelers that firewood can carry harmful insects and diseases that can travel with firewood if it is moved around the state.
“Insect pests such as emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, and diseases like oak wilt and Dutch elm disease spread to new areas easily while hidden in firewood,” said Andrea Diss-Torrance, invasive forest insects program coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “A few simple steps can help you avoid moving these problems around.”
All travelers should follow quarantine rules to help protect Wisconsin’s trees and avoid fines.
Second homeowners are advised not to move firewood long distances between their properties, to reduce the risk to their trees.
Firewood certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection can be moved freely around the state, regardless of quarantines, because it has been processed to be free of pests and diseases that may have been hiding in it. If you are shopping for certified wood, look for a label like the one shown, or a DATCP certified vendor number. A list of certified dealers and their ID numbers is available online at http://emeraldashborer.wi.gov under Firewood Regulations.
Firewood regulations at state parks and forests
Invasive species threaten public land we all share in Wisconsin. To help protect these areas, firewood is only allowed on state managed properties if it is:
- From within 10 miles of the property, AND not from an area quarantined for emerald ash borer, (unless the property is also in the same or a connected quarantined area). That includes quarantined areas in other states, within 10 miles of the property.
– OR –
- Certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (exit DNR) or certified by the USDA as treated to emerald ash borer standards.
Most state parks and forests have certified firewood or firewood from the property for sale on site. To check availability, contact the property. Many federal, county and private campgrounds also restrict firewood on their properties. Call for details before you travel.
For more details about firewood in Wisconsin search the DNR website, http://dnr.wi.gov, for keyword firewood or call 1-877-303-WOOD (9663).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Andrea Diss-Torrance, DNR Invasive Forest Insects Program Coordinator, (608) 264-9247.