Leave Your Firewood at Home, Help Protect the Forest

Release Date: May 29, 2015

Rhinelander, Wisconsin (May 29, 2015)– Campers and recreationalists visiting the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are reminded to leave their firewood at home.

The Forest has firewood restrictions in place to slow the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic beetle from Asia that kills ash trees. The restrictions prohibit visitors from bringing firewood to the Forest from any distance greater than 25 miles away.

Since 2002, EAB has spread to 22 states, including Wisconsin and two Canadian provinces. In spite of state and federal quarantines that limit the movement of wood products and nursery stock, the insect continues to be discovered in new locations.  Movement of infested firewood is the likely cause of new infestations beyond normal dispersal patterns of the insect.

In addition, other pests and diseases such as gypsy moth and oak wilt often hitchhike on firewood, too. The best advice?  Buy it where you burn it!

  • 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)

“The threat of an EAB infestation on the National Forest is very high even with quarantines and firewood restrictions,” said Jerry Van Cleve, Forest Silviculturist, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  “Please do your part to protect our northern forest by leaving your firewood at home.”

For more information about the about EAB visit http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/eab/index.jsp