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DNR board tightens firewood standards

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board, in a 5-2 vote Wednesday, has approved a proposal that tightens firewood movement restrictions, in an effort to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer.

Requested by the DNR, the measure says you cannot bring firewood onto state lands from more than 10 miles away, and it allows out-of-state firewood if it comes from within that 10-mile radius. Agency officials cite rising emerald ash borer infestations across the state and models that show implementing a tighter perimeter can significantly slow the beetle's spread.

In 2006, the DNR prohibited out-of-state firewood on state properties, and the following year the agency prohibited people from bringing firewood onto state lands from further than 50 miles away. In 2010, the DNR went even further and reduced that radius to 25 miles.

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