State and Federal Quarantines
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A quarantine has been issued for Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Trempeauleau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha
counties. Residents and affected businesses in quarantined counties are restricted from moving any hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock or ash logs or timber out of the quarantine area.The regulations on ash material and hardwood firewood also apply to other quarantined states, including Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and lower Michigan.What is a quarantine?
A quarantine is a system of rules administered by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The rules are intended to help prevent the spread of EAB. People moving wood products can inadvertently transport EAB to new areas.How does a county become quarantined?
When an EAB find is confirmed, the county where the find is located will be quarantined. If the find is located near neighboring counties, those counties also will be quarantined. EAB Regulations
It is illegal to move or transport ash material, the emerald ash borer, and hardwood firewood from EAB quarantined areas to a non-quarantined area without a compliance agreement issued by WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Regulated items include cut hardwood (non-coniferous) firewood, ash logs, ash mulch or bark fragments larger than on inch in diameter, or ash nursery stock (DATCP statute 21).
DNR restricts firewood movement onto DNR managed properties in Wisconsin to prevent the spread of EAB to Wisconsin forests and recreational areas.
However, firewood can be transported out of a quarantined area if it is from a firewood vendor certified by the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Hardwood firewood, or ash material such as logs, mulch or nursery stock can be moved into or within the quarantined areas without penalty, but overall, firewood movement is a bad idea. Many invasive forest pests and diseases are inadvertently transported on firewood. Moving firewood can put the trees at your destination at risk. Follow best management practices
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Interstate Movement of Regulated Articles from EAB Quarantined Areas. This includes references to the rules and regulations enacted by DATCP and the DNR.
Quick guide for nurseries, mills and loggers, firewood producers and users, green lumber manufacturers, pallet producers and creators of wood waste like arborists or homeowners.
Map of EAB quarantined counties in Wisconsin as of 2013.
Guide Regarding the Commercial Transportation of Ash Wood for Utilization or Disposal
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Emerald ash borer quarantined counties in Wisconsin as of 2013.
Known locations of EAB in North America as of May 2013.
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