The Wisconsin state agriculture department has emphasized for campers to avoid transporting firewood, especially during the on-going spring camping season, Wisconsin Radio Network reported.
State agriculture department spokesperson Donna Gilson said that moving fresh firewood from one place to another increases the risks for spreading diseases and pests. She added that aside from the gypsy moths and emerald ash borer, there could be other diseases and insects that could plague the surroundings.
She told Wisconsin Radio Network, “They might have crept up on your firewood and you don’t want to be the first one to introduce it to the state.”
The advice is to use firewood directly nearby the campground or instead purchase the so-called treated firewood. These materials should also be approved by the state agriculture department.
She added, “Either one of those ensures it’s been treated, probably dried for a couple of years, to kill anything in it before it’s been sent out into the marketplace.” In turn, this can prevent the spread of diseases, pests, and bugs that may damage the natural surroundings in Wisconsin.
For cancer patients
Meanwhile, on May 11th, Huntington city in West Virginia offered a camp special that benefitted children diagnosed with cancer, The Herald-Dispatch reported. The event was part of the 16th annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend by the Kampgrounds of America, also to provide benefits for children with cancer.
These children will be given the chance to participate in a summer camping experience for free, alongside their families and loved ones.
Campers who started on May 10th received the day for camping on the 11th for only $20. The entire proceeds benefited KOA Care Camps that hosts initiatives for children afflicted with cancer. Aside from being one of the biggest fundraising projects of the group, it was also part of the 2019 summer camping season events of KOA Care Camps Big Weekend.
Updates on camping bans
Washington is one of the states that have the toughest ordinances when it comes to prohibited camping in open spaces. Recently, the Moses Lake City Council said they will soon discuss updating the provision by including a fine for violators, Fiber One noted.
Last month, the council has approved an ordinance banning camping in open public spaces between 6 am and 10 pm Kevin Fuhr, Moses Lake police chief, argued that the penalty will be needed in order to urge campers and possible violators to relocate.
The council is meeting on May 14th to talk about these penalties and how it will be added to the new ordinance. This will be based on a federal circuit court ruling that provisioned not to have criminal penalties for camping law violations. Aside from the discussions, the council will also vote on these updates.
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