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Wis. board to consider tighter firewood rules

  • Associated Press
  • January 13, 2014 - 6:35 AM

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board is set to consider tightening firewood movement restrictions to slow the emerald ash borer's spread.

The DNR in 2006 prohibited out-of-state firewood on state properties. The following year it prohibited people from bringing firewood onto state lands from further than 50 miles out. In 2010 the agency shrunk that radius to 25 miles.

Now the agency has proposed reducing the radius to 10 miles and allowing out-of-state firewood if it came from within 10 miles. DNR officials say they want to make the change because emerald ash borer infestations are rising around the state and models show the tighter perimeter can significantly slow the beetle's spread.

The Natural Resources Board is scheduled to consider the change at its Jan. 22 meeting in Madison.

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