Douglas County addresses EAB timber concernsWith a finding that emerald ash borer has made its way to the Northland, things got complicated for the state’s largest county forest industry.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
With a finding that emerald ash borer has made its way to the Northland, things got complicated for the state’s largest county forest industry.
The Douglas County Forestry Department hosts a meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 Business Highway 53, to answer questions about the new regulatory environment a quarantine creates for those in the forest industry.
The focus of the meeting is the implications of the emerald ash borer quarantine on the regional forest product industry in northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota.
“It’s the most substantial forest industry affected in the state of Wisconsin,” said Jon Harris, Douglas County Forestry Department director.
Complicating the matter for the commercial forestry industry in Douglas County is the reality that most of the county’s wood products are transported to Minnesota, Harris said.
While the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection regulates the quarantine for timber that stays in Wisconsin, Harris said federal regulations kick in for wood transported out of state.
“It’s actually a very complicated, two-fold finding, and a lot is going to be learned by a lot of different folks,” Harris said.