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DNR looking to further limit moving firewood

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -The DNR is hoping to further slow the spread of invasive species with a recommendation to its board later this month.

The current rule says that only firewood coming from 25 miles away or less may be brought onto state property. The DNR would like to lower that number to ten miles instead, in order to further slow the spread of invasive species like the emerald ash borer, which has already been found in parts of Trempealeau County. The rule change would not extend to private property, but for those who enjoy state campgrounds, a change of plans may be needed.

"You'd have a couple of options. One is to buy the firewood at the park if the state park offers it, or if there's a vendor within 10 miles, which often I think there is. But another option is to buy certified firewood, that's been certified by the Department of Agriculture, and that you can take anywhere," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Ed Culhane.

The DNR board will hear the recommendation on October 24th. If the board approves the idea, the DNR will still need to create a draft proposal and open that to public comment.

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