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Tougher firewood rules expected to fight Emerald Ash Borer

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin officials will consider tighter restrictions on moving firewood, in an effort to slow the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer. The Natural Resources Board will consider new rules on January 22nd to allow those in state recreation areas to use firewood from just 10 miles away. Firewood is a main carrier of the emerald ash borer, which has been spreading more rapidly throughout Wisconsin.

In 2006 the D-N-R prohibited campers from using out-of-state firewood in state parks and forests. A year later, the state barred any firewood within 50 miles of a state property. That was reduced to 25 miles in 2010. Now, a 10-mile limit will be considered -- and out-of-state firewood would also be allowed if it comes from within 10 miles.

D-N-R staff members say the tighter perimeters have been known to slow the spread of the ash borer, which first appeared in the Badger State five-and-a-half years ago.