Guide to EAB regulationsWith the discovery of emerald ash borer confirmed in Superior loggers, millers and wood-product manufacturers face new regulations when it comes to hardwoods in Douglas County.
With the discovery of emerald ash borer confirmed in Superior loggers, millers and wood-product manufacturers face new regulations when it comes to hardwoods in Douglas County.
Ash trees — and components such as chips, stumps and waste — cannot leave the quarantine area from April 1 to Sept. 30 except under a compliance agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for wood that stays within Wisconsin or the U.S. Department of Agriculture if it leaves Wisconsin. Then, the logs must be completely debarked and a half inch of wood below the bark must be removed.
Sawmills that receive the timber must have a compliance agreement, and all ash logs and waste must be processed by April 30.
Ash logs may move freely with precautions from Oct. 1 to March 31.
Kiln dried, square-edged lumber is exempt from Wisconsin’s EAB regulations, and ash used for pallet production must be debarked and heat treated before leaving the quarantine area.
All cut and split hardwood firewood is confined to the quarantine area, unless treated and certified by DATCP or the USDA.
Hardwood logs intended for use as firewood can be identified and are treated as logs, said Christopher Deegan of DATCP.
Ash wood waste cannot leave the quarantine area unless it is chipped to less than inch dimensions on two sides.
Ash nursery stock also cannot leave the quarantine area.
For more information on EAB regulations, call DATCP at 608-224-4573 or go to http://emeraldashborer.wi.gov, or USDA at 608-231-9545 or visit http://