Wisconsin DNR

As visitors head to their favorite campsites, DNR plant and disease specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says leave the hitchhikers in your firewood at home. Firewood can transport harmful tree problems to your backyard, street or favorite campsite.

Just one firewood log can easily hide insects like emerald ash borer or gypsy moth, or the tiny spores of a tree-killing fungus like oak wilt.

Diss-Torrance says in the effort to stop plants and bugs from wrecking the Northwoods and elsewhere, simply buy your firewood near your campsite...

People camping this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer can do their part to protect Wisconsin's trees by buying and burning firewood locally, and not moving it from location to location.

For people camping at state parks and forests, state law requires that any firewood brought to a property be from within 10 miles of the campground. DNR Forest health specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says campers to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and other state facilities should remember to not bring in firewood from other parts of the state...

Rob Burke

Many people gather firewood from fallen or dead trees on their own lands or from national forest or state-owned property.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says in some cases, managers may choose to leave those trees alone for the benefit of wildlife.

The effort to slow the spread of forest pests and diseases by transporting firewood gets ramped up next week.

The DNR's Coleen Robinson King says firewood restrictions close the allowable purchase circle even tighter...

" of June 1, the firewood allowed on state-managed properties will need to come from within 10 miles of that property. That means it should be harvested within 10 miles of that property...."

The former restricted zone was 25 miles.

Officials Warn Travelers Of EAB Risk

May 19, 2014

State agriculture officials want travelers to remember the risk of spreading emerald ash borer through firewood.  Just in time for the start of the summer tourism season, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has declared it Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. 

Spokesperson Donna Gilson says the beetles can travel a mile or two on their own.  But humans have helped them spread much farther. 

Deer Hunters: Leave Firewood At Home

Nov 14, 2013
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The “buy where you burn” principle still applies in hunting season.  

The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding hunters not to haul firewood long distances when they head to their deer camps. 

Department spokesperson Donna Gilson says doing so could introduce new pests to an area. 

“There’s always that temptation to bring firewood with you because you’ve got some right in your backyard. IT’s never a good idea to haul firewood around the state.  And in some cases it may actually be illegal to do so.”