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DNR Says Buy Firewood Locally This Weekend

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People camping this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer can do their part to protect Wisconsin's trees by buying and burning firewood locally, and not moving it from location to location.

For people camping at state parks and forests, state law requires that any firewood brought to a property be from within 10 miles of the campground. DNR Forest health specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says campers to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and other state facilities should remember to not bring in firewood from other parts of the state...

".....we have firewood available at most of our staffed campgrounds. In(this) area on the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest there are a number of campgrounds that have firewood available. It's dry, kept in sheds, so it should be just fine...."

Diss-Torrance says the goal is to keep pests out of the mostly-clean Northwoods...

"....we're trying to keep firewood from long distances from entering our state properties in order to provide some protection of these state properties from pests and diseases...."

The DNR website is a place where you can check for firewood availability or there's a new national, smartphone friendly Firewood Scout website, www.firewoodscout.org The Firewood Scout also lists private vendors located within 10 miles of state properties. Private vendors list their own information on the website. All but a portion of western Wisconsin has some quarantine in place for invasive land-based species.

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