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Dane County Parks

Firewood Rules & Information

A sign with the message "Don't move firewood - hitchhiking insects like the Emerald Ash Borer can kill forests"

Due to the confirmed presence of EAB in Dane County and much of the state,  the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) has put the State of Wisconsin under quarantine. Exotic and native forest pests such as Agrilus planipennis (emerald ash borer), Anoplophora glabripennis (Asian longhorned beetle), and others cause serious damage to urban and natural forests in the United States.

These pests and many others disperse various distances through multiple pathways including movement of firewood.  Therefore it is a Dane County policy 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.  

As of June 16, 2010 all firewood brought into a Dane County Park must either originate within Dane County, or be purchased by a WDATCP Certified Firewood Dealer. Certified firewood bundles can be purchased at most Dane County Parks for $5 / bundle.