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Clinton County bans out-of-state firewood

Officials cite concern over beetle in Whiteside County

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 1:42 a.m. CST

CLINTON, Iowa – Clinton County, Iowa, is taking steps to slow the spread of the emerald ash border, which has been detected across the river in nearby Whiteside County.

The Clinton County Conservation Board passed a resolution last week that states firewood cut only there and in surrounding Iowa counties will be allowed in its parks and recreation areas.

If visitors are caught with out-of-state firewood, they will be required to immediately burn every piece.

Although preventing the spread of the ash borer is nearly impossible, ordinances are popping up across the region.

“We just want to slow down the progression,” CCCB West District Park Officer Chip Brown said.

Concern for quarantines and restrictions first arose after the ash-killing bug’s detection in Iowa in 2010. Since then, there have been confirmed cases in Des Moines and Jefferson counties in Iowa.

Whiteside County also has confirmed the borer’s presence, which is why CCCB Executive Director Walt Wickham introduced the new firewood policy in all Clinton County parks.

“Basically, we have been strongly encouraged by the Iowa Association County Conservation Board to put some kind of a stronger resolution in place,” Wickham said. “We already have a restriction of bringing firewood in from quarantined areas, but they are now pushing that we place a rule that would prohibit any out-of-county firewood.”

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