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Emerald Ash Borer quarantine expanded statewideSubmitted: 03/21/2018
Emerald Ash Borer quarantine expanded statewide
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The entire state of Wisconsin will be placed under quarantine for emerald ash borer.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the quarantine will take effect March 30th.

With the ash borer already found in 48 Wisconsin counties, officials have decided a statewide quarantine is warranted.

People are encouraged to avoid moving firewood from place to place, because that can help spread the pest.

Firewood restrictions will remain in place on state and federal lands.

Quarantines require businesses handling ash wood, untreated ash products and hardwood firewood to sign agreements specifying how they will reduce the risk of moving EAB into non-quarantined areas, and prohibit moving firewood from quarantined areas to non-quarantined areas.

With the entire state under quarantine, wood can move freely between counties within Wisconsin.

Businesses that move regulated items out of state will need to work with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to confirm interstate requirements.

Regulated items include ash wood with bark still on it, larger ash chips, and any kind of hardwood firewood.



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