Friday, June 11, 2010

WI state parks and firewood

You are receiving this e-mail because you have reserved a Wisconsin DNR campsite through Reserve America.

As of June 1, 2010, anyone visiting any DNR property is prohibited from bringing firewood to that DNR property that was harvested from a distance greater than 25 miles OR from locations outside of Wisconsin. Firewood from counties quarantined for the emerald ash borer is also prohibited from entering state lands outside the quarantined areas. Prohibited firewood will be confiscated and violations of federal or state quarantines could result in a citation and/or a fine. This change affects all state-operated campsites. Firewood that has been certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection as treated to kill invasive insects and diseases is allowed onto any state property regardless of location. (A list of certified dealers can be found at the DATCP website at
The state is making this change to provide a greater degree of protection for state parks, forests and wildlife lands from potential infestation by a number of invasive pests and diseases that are moving on firewood. Where an invasive pest has become established in Wisconsin, like the emerald ash borer, it becomes even more important to limit the movement of the primary means of introduction, firewood.

To avoid problems that could impact your camping experience, buy your firewood locally from the park or state forest or from a nearby dealer. Most state campgrounds have firewood available on site. For firewood availability and hours at your campsite contact the park or state forest directly. (Phone numbers to call can be found at under the heading "Camping in the State Parks".)
Campers from out-of-state should be aware of firewood quarantine laws. Moving firewood across state lines from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and some other states is a federal violation and could result in a substantial fine.

Thank you for your help in protecting Wisconsin parks and forests.

What does this mean for us as we camp - paying for firewood which is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves.  Buying wood to burn, the thought makes my head spin, but it does go for a good cause.  Time with friends, spiritual enrichment, prayer, food, joy, cigars, the good life, life away from the desert.  Peace out dogs.

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