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Provides state-specific laws and regulations, as well as links to other sites with state legal information.

For state-specific resources with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species, see our Wisconsin State Resources page.

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  • Preventing VHS / Q&A: How the VHS Rules Affect Anglers
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
    The State Natural Resources Board adopted revised rules on Mar 26 2008, aimed at preventing the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS. The new rules went into effect Apr 4, 2008.

  • Governor Doyle Signs Six Bills into Law (Oct 28, 2009)
    Wisconsin Office of the Governor. Jim Doyle.
    Governor Jim Doyle signed Senate Bill 123 - 2009 Wisconsin Act 55 (Oct 28, 2009; PDF | 31 KB) which furthers protects against invasive aquatic species by establishing statewide enforcement and increasing Department of Natural Resources authority requiring seaplanes, watercraft, vehicles or boats to remove attached aquatic plants.

  • Chapter NR 40 (Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control)
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
    This new rule, effective Sep 1, 2009, aims to prevent invasive species and allows the DNR to move quickly to contain new invasives from being established once they are detected.

  • Don't Move Firewood
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
    To protect Wisconsin's parks and forests from firewood hitch hikers (invasive pests and diseases), the Wisconsin DNR has created a permanent rule effective Jun 1, 2010, which prohibits bringing firewood onto any state managed property from more than 25 miles away or from outside of Wisconsin (unless the wood is from a Wisconsin certified dealer). Also see Moving Firewood in Wisconsin from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.
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