DATCP reminds campers of firewood regulations to prevent pests, diseases

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Memorial Day Weekend serves as a reminder for campers and those who may be traveling to a cabin to be aware of where your firewood is from.

“In a normal situation those pests might only travel a few miles a year but with firewood movement that could move hundreds of miles,” said Shahla Werner, the Plant Protection Section Chief for the Wisconsin’s DATCP Plant Industry Bureau.

State parks require that firewood be brought from no more than ten miles away. The only exception to these regulations is using certified firewood which has been aged or treated to kill pests and diseases.

Werner says even those who camp seasonally need a reminder to not skimp when purchasing firewood for the season.

“It’s kind of an issue of people thinking ‘Oh I’ll save a buck or a tree just died in my yard,’” said Werner. “A lot of times it’s an education issue.”
Some of the species which cause concern are the Emerald Ash Bore and the Gypsy Moth.