State and Federal Quarantines
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What is a quarantine?
An EAB quarantine is a system of rules intended to help prevent the spread of EAB. The rules restrict the movement of firewood and ash products out of quarantined areas. Quarantines are administered by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Why are quarantines important?
When people move infested firewood or anything else that might be hiding emerald ash borer (nursery stock, timber, pallets, etc.), the insect is gets a free ride into new, likely uninfested areas. The chances of this happening increase when those things are moving out of areas that are known to be infested with EAB. Quarantines restrict this movement to reduce the spread of the pest.Quarantines in Wisconsin
A quarantine has been issued for Brown, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago counties. Residents and affected businesses in these counties are restricted from moving any hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock or ash logs or timber out of the quarantine area. Regulated materials can be moved anywhere within the quarantine. In southeast Wisconsin, for example, that includes the eight-county area from Kenosha County up to Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties. The regulations on ash material and hardwood firewood also apply to other quarantined states, including Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and lower Michigan.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.
Exception: 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 recommendations to reduce the spread of EAB in potentially infested wood
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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 Wisconsin counties quarantined as of November 26, 2013.
This guide describes Wisconsin's regulations on the transport, utilization and disposal of ash wood.
Guide to WI ash wood transport utilization and disposal regs.pdf
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Wisconsin counties quarantined as of November 26, 2013
Map of known locations of EAB in the United States as of April 3, 2014.
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