Leave the firewood home to protect national forestThe campgrounds are now open across the 1.5 million acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and firewood restrictions are in place to slow the spread of emerald ash borer.
The campgrounds are now open across the 1.5 million acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and firewood restrictions are in place to slow the spread of emerald ash borer. This invasive beetle travels on firewood; leave firewood at home, unless you live within 25 miles of your national forest destination.
The firewood restriction is one way of slowing the spread of emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle from Asia that kills ash trees. This invasive insect’s larva kills ash trees by destroying the soft layer of wood just under the bark. The risk of an EAB infestation on the national forest within several years even with quarantines and firewood restrictions is very high.
Since 2002, EAB has spread to 19 states, including Wisconsin, and two Canadian provinces. Movement of infested wood or nursery stock being transported from one location to another is the likely cause of new infestations beyond normal dispersal patterns of the insect.
Acceptable firewood to bring to the CNNF includes:
• Wood gathered from within the Forest with a valid permit
• Firewood purchased from a vendor within 25 miles of the national forest destination or brought from home that same distance
• Wood that has been certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (certified wood can be brought into the Forest from a distance of more than 25 miles)
In addition, state and federal laws forbid moving hardwood firewood, as well as ash logs and nursery stock, out of emerald ash borer quarantined areas. Currently, this means hardwood firewood that has been stored, purchased, or harvested in the following areas may not be moved out of these areas in Wisconsin: Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Trempealeau, and Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. A federal quarantine also prohibits the movement of hardwood firewood out of all or parts of more than a dozen other states and parts of Canada.
For more information, go to http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/eab/index.jsp.