Wisconsin DATCP on firewood: Buy it where you burn it

Image courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

(WLUK) -- Officials are asking campers to leave their firewood at home this summer to stop the spread of invasive species.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says if you want to have a campfire, purchase firewood nearby.

"It’s never a good idea to move firewood," said Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. "We strongly advise against it. You can't just look at wood and see pests. They may be inside of it, or they may be microscopic pathogens. In the balance of things, the health of our North Woods – and all the jobs and wildlife that depend on it – is worth spending a few dollars to buy firewood instead of hauling it from home."

Invasive species such as the emerald ash borer and the gypsy moth are threatening Wisconsin's forests.

Oak wilt and other pests and diseases can also be spread on firewood.

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