The U.S. Forest Service announced it will resume selling wood cutting permits for personal use in Sierra National Forest starting April 1, running through Nov. 30.
The North Fork, Prather, and Clovis Forest Service offices will all sell the permits.
All permits will be valid only for the Sierra National Forest lands and do not include private property. The minimum charge for a firewood permit is $20, allowing removal of four cords of firewood this year.
Permits will be sold for $5 per cord and a person can gather up to a maximum of 12 cords per year, per person.
Prices for firewood have been decreased this season, to encourage the public to assist the Forest Service in decreasing the increased fuel created by the tree mortality caused by the past four years of drought.
A permit must be in possession of individuals removing forest firewood, and load receipts must be attached to the load before leaving the wood-cutting site. The Forest Service reminds the public that removing any timber, tree, or other forest product, is prohibited by federal law except as authorized by special use authorization, timber sale contract, or regulation.
Once you have your permit please be safe and aware of others in the area, and thank you for the role you will be playing as part of the team to help restore the Sierra National Forest back to its resilient condition.