MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is considering tightening the firewood movement restriction in order to curb the spread of emerald ash borer. In 2006 the DNR prohibited any out of state firewood on Wisconsin properties. In 2007 the regulation changed prohibiting people from bringing in firewood from anywhere outside of a 50 mile radius. The agency once again shrunk that size to 25 miles out in 2010.
The new proposed regulation is reducing that radius to 10 miles however now allowing firewood in from out of state if it came from within a 10 mile radius. Emerald ash borer infestations are steadily on the rise and the DNR believes that implementing this regulation can decrease the spread dramatically.
The Board is going to consider making this regulation official at its next meeting in Madison on January 22nd 2014.