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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Wood Utilization Plan

With the emerald ash borer (EAB) already present in southeastern Wisconsin (and recently confirmed in Madison), Dane County has taken steps to prepare for this invasive beetle’s arrival. With proactive preparation as its guiding philosophy, Dane County’s EAB and Wood Utilization Strategic Management Plan works to reduce the environmental impacts of the EAB within Dane County, mitigate the potential economic and social costs associated with control efforts and damage, and find ways to put wood formerly considered “waste” to positive and profitable use. Since an increased volume of wood residue will be among the EAB’s most significant consequences, the plan also outlines various options for dealing with wood materials—from infestations as well as potential storm events—in an economically and environmentally sound manner.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the confirmed presence of EAB in Madison, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has put Dane County under quarantine. The quarantine prohibits ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.

For private citizens, this means that residents cannot take firewood from Dane County to non-quarantine counties, and campers in parks within the county cannot carry leftover firewood home with them if they live outside of Dane County.

Please contact Dane County Parks for additional information:
Phone: (608) 224-3730
E-mail: dane-parks@countyofdane.com

If you would like more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, please view the State of Wisconsin's online information source.

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