Protect the Forest from the Emerald Ash Borer: leave your firewood at home

Emerald Ash Borer

Firewood restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer. This invasive beetle loves to travel on firewood so please leave firewood at home, unless you live within 25 miles of your National Forest destination.

The firewood restriction is one way of slowing the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, an exotic beetle from Asia that kills ash trees. This invasive insect’s larva kills ash trees by destroying the soft layer of wood just under the bark.

Since 2002, EAB has spread to 30 states, including Wisconsin, and three Canadian provinces. Movement of infested wood from one location to another is the main cause of new infestations. In addition, other pests and diseases like gypsy moth and oak wilt travel on firewood, too. Don’t move firewood—it BUGS me!

Acceptable firewood to bring to the CNNF includes:

  • Wood gathered with a valid permit from within 25 miles of the national forest destination,
  • 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.)

State and federal laws forbid moving hardwood firewood out of emerald ash borer quarantined areas. Although the Wisconsin EAB quarantine now includes the entire state, EAB is extremely rare in the northern half of Wisconsin, and firewood restrictions remain in place at Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest campgrounds and at Wisconsin DNR campgrounds. Please, buy it where you burn it!

For more information about the about EAB visit Wisconsin's EAB Information Source