MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Jim Doyle has declared next week as “Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.” Radio and TV announcements will try to discourage people against moving firewood – one of the main ways the tree-killing ash borer is spread.
Many groups will also put up lawn signs that also warn against moving firewood. It’s all timed to the Memorial Day Weekend, when thousands of visitors will want firewood for their campfires. State parks ban the importing of out of state firewood, and many camping facilities allow firewood sold only from their sites or local areas.
The emerald ash borer was first confirmed in Wisconsin almost 2 years ago. Large infestations are located at Newburg in Ozaukee and Washington counties, and along the Mississippi River in Vernon County and into Minnesota. The beetle has also been discovered in Green Bay, Kenosha, and the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin.