Quarantine on Non-Local Wood
4:24 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

To Slow Ash Borer's Spread, Buy Local Firewood

Federal and state officials are reminding campers this holiday weekend to buy firewood close to your campsite.

The emerald ash borer was most recently found in Superior.
Credit USDA

With the most recent discovery in Superior of the ash-tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer, the insect has moved into the north. To slow the spread of the borer, officials have put a quarantine on firewood from areas away from the campsites.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Megan Healy explains...

"The acceptable firewood that folks can bring into the (national) forest include wood that has been gathered with in the forest with a valid permit....firewood that has been purchased within 25 miles of a forest destination...or brought from their home from that same distance, and wood that has been certified by the (state)."

The DNR also has similar rules for state lands. You can find specific rules for firewood on the DNR website, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest website  or the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in the eastern U.S. and Canada.