Douglas County wood quarantine could cause problems in Minn.

Discovery of emerald ash borer in NW Wis. could affect region's mills
Douglas County wood quarantine could cause problems in Minn.
A tree infected with emerald ash borer beetles.

The discovery of the emerald ash borer in northwestern Wisconsin has led to a quarantine on transporting wood that could become an issue for Minnesota mills.

A Minnesota Public Radio reported that the quarantine prohibited moving firewood from outside of Wisconsin’s Douglas County. But it has also kept the region’s timber industry from transporting unprocessed ash trees.

Jon Harris of the county’s forestry department said loggers and mills alike will feel a level of pain from the quarantine.

The Sappi mill in Cloquet, Minn., has stopped buying Douglas County ash for now. Mill manager Gary Erickson said a limited quarantine is manageable, but there could be challenges if the quarantine area expands.

Duluth officials said it’s only a matter of time before the invasive insect crosses into Minnesota.

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