DATCP: Camping this summer? Leave the firewood at home

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding campers to not move firewood.

"Buy it where you burn it,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The concern is over the spread of invasive pests: emerald ash borer and gypsy moths.

"It’s never a good idea to move firewood," Kuhn says. "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."



 
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