Contact(s): Colleen Robinson Klug, 608-266-2172 (forestry); Andrea Diss-Torrance, 608-264-9247 (forestry); Bernie Williams, 608-266-0624 (forestry); Tim Campbell, 608-267-3531 (AIS); Maureen Ferry, 608-261-6450 (AIS)
MADISON - Before hitting the woods for a camping trip or the lake for fishing, Wisconsin residents can join in live online chats on Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28, at noon to learn about firewood rules and other ways to slow the spread of forest pests and aquatic invasive species.
Oak wilt, jumping worms, Eurasian water milfoil, and other invasive species are threats to the forests and waterways of Wisconsin, but few invasive species are present everywhere in the state. Simple precautions - like buying local firewood and inspecting boats for aquatic plants and animals before leaving the launch - continue to make a huge difference for places that remain free of certain pests and diseases.
To participate in a chat, visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the graphic or search the phrase "ask the experts". You can also join the conversation via the department's Facebook page at facebook.com/WIDNR - select the tab labeled "Ask the Experts Chat" at the top of the page.