State and Federal Quarantines
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 to non-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
All Wisconsin counties and some tribal lands are now under quarantine for emerald ash borers. EAB Regulations
Residents and affected businesses may move hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock or ash logs or timber within Wisconsin, except for non-quarantined tribal areas. For out-of-state movement, they need to check with USDA-APHIS.
However, moving firewood is still a bad idea. It may carry pests and diseases other than EAB, including gypsy moth, oak wilt, or even pests that have not yet been discovered.
DNR restricts firewood movement onto DNR managed properties in Wisconsin. The wood must have been purchased within 10 miles of the DNR land, or be certified by the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The US Forest Service requires that firewood be purchased within 25 miles of national forests, or be certified by the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
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All Wisconsin counties are now under quarantine, as well as some tribal lands. Dark gray areas are tribal lands that are quarantined. Light gray areas are not quarantined.
Map showing EAB quarantines in the United States
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