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Minnesota waste center bans Wisconsin wood


MADISON (WKOW) -- A waste center in Duluth, Minn. has banned brush and wood waste from Wisconsin, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune, to curtail the spread of the emerald ash borer.

The ban came in recent days after the bug was discovered in Superior, near the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. 

In a statement, the executive director of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District claims she had no choice but to put the temporary ban in place, because it's difficult for staff there to distinguish between tree species when they arrive.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species that is highly destructive to ash trees.

Wisconsin has quarantined all ash logs, ash by-products and hardwood firewood, to prohibit its transfer out of the quarantined area.


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