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Quarantine and Firewood
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) State Quarantine
Ash firewood with EAB damage.
Photo by Troy Kimoto, www.forestryimages.com
The EAB quarantine currently restricts and/or prohibits the movement of:
- any ash logs,
- any part of an ash tree (including nursery stock),
- any living stage of the EAB and
- ALL hardwood firewood
from Michigan's Lower peninsula and (portions of the Upper peninsula) without an approved compliance agreement issued by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD - http://www.mi.gov/mdard
). In addition, no hardwood firewood, no matter where it originated in the state, can leave Michigan's Lower Peninsula. This means that hardwood firewood cannot go into the Upper Peninsula, cross into Canada, be transported out of the Lower Peninsula via the southern borders of Michigan or be transported to Wisconsin via ferry. Fines and penalties for violating any portion of the quarantine can range from $1,000 to $250,000 and can include up to 5 years imprisonment.
For the latest EAB quarantine information, including maps of the quarantined areas, please visit: http://www.michigan.gov/eab.
Ash Firewood Banned on DNR Lands
In 2005, the DNR Director signed a Director's Land Use Order banning ash firewood on all DNR managed lands which includes, State Parks & Campgrounds, State Forests & Campgrounds, Recreation Areas and Game Areas. Banning ash firewood helps to reduce the artificial spread of the EAB, establishment of new infestations and damage to the ash resource throughout the state. The movement of firewood infested with the EAB is the number one way that the insect has artificially moved throughout the state. When camping, please buy your firewood from a local source near your campground.