In its effort to slow the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer in Wisconsin, the state Natural Resources Board approves tighter restrictions for transporting firewood to state camp sites.
Campers won’t be allowed to bring firewood into state recreation areas from more than 10 miles away, reducing that distance from the current 25-mile radius. Out-of-state firewood will be allowed if it’s within that 10-mile radius. Previously, all out-of-state firewood was banned from state parks and forests.
AUDIO: Forest health specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance explains. :38
The changes didn’t come without opposition. Harold Norslien from Black Earth spoke at the public hearing Wednesday.
AUDIO: Norslien said infected wood is infected wood, no matter where it comes from. :27
The state Natural Resources Board approved the new restrictions on a 5-to-2 vote.