State raises awareness of Emerald Ash Borer

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is reminding people about the importance of buying firewood locally to stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer.

The state has declared this week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.

The Department of Agriculture says at least 20 counties in the state have discovered the tree killing insect.

Starting in June the Wisconsin DNR is changing its rules on firewood allowed in state parks. The DNR says starting June 1st only firewood from a 10 mile radius from a state park will be allowed on campground properties.

“Emerald Ash Borer and certain pests like to take a ride on the fire wood and we found that you can really spread that around the country if you are carrying on your truck or camper,” Lake Wissota State Park property supervisor Scott Erickson said.

In addition to the new firewood rule, the state says it will set more than 1,500 traps around Wisconsin to monitor for Emerald Ash Borer.

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