DNR: Hunters should remember firewood rules

MADISON — The DNR reminds Wisconsin hunters heading out to deer camp to use firewood where they are camping or to purchase wood from a certified dealer. This is crucial so that hunters do not bring emerald ash borer (EAB) or gypsy moth into the woodland area through their firewood, which could destroy those woods or those nearby.

“EAB and gypsy moth are two of the most destructive forest pests in North America. Add in oak wilt and other diseases and you have a real risk of losing a lot of trees where you hunt,” says Melody Walker, chief of the Pest Survey program at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “The deer that like to graze on acorns on your land might not be around if the trees that produced those acorns are dead and gone.”

It is illegal to move firewood out of areas that are quarantined for either of those insect pests, because the wood could be harboring eggs or immature insects called larvae. Pests and diseases that kill trees can move from place to place on firewood. EAB and gypsy moth, as well as other pests, can easily survive Wisconsin winters.