Free personal firewood permits available Feb. 22

Beginning Monday, Feb. 22, the Bass Lake Ranger District Forest Service office in North Fork (57003 Road 225) will be issuing “Free Use Personal Firewood Permits.”

The permits will allow the public to cut and collect trees in designated areas where hundreds of dead trees that died from disease and insect attack were cut for public safety.

When permits are issued there will be rules and regulations that apply to the firewood permits, most notably, the wood obtained is for personal use not commercial use. Individuals getting a permit will be asked to kept track of how many loads of wood they collect.

Forest Service law enforcement and fire officials will be monitoring how much wood is being removed from the forest.

The felled trees will be available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Feb. 22. To be legal, the permit must be in possession of individuals removing felled trees.

The Forest Service reminds the public that removing any tree from national forests is prohibited except as authorized by special authorization such as the “Free Use Personal Firewood Permits.”

The “Free Use Personal Firewood Permits” are also available at Forest Service offices in Prather and Clovis.

Wood Cutting Permits available April 1

The Sierra National Forest will resume selling “Wood Cutting Permits” during the usual wood cutting season (April through November).

The permits are $10 a cord, minimum purchase of two cords - maximum 10 cords.

All permits are valid for Forest Service lands only and do not include private property.

Details: Bass Lake Ranger District Forest Service office, 57003 Road 225 (between North Fork Post Office and North Fork Super Market), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., (559) 877-2218.

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