CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest will resume selling Personal Use Wood Cutting Permits next Friday for the Apr. 1 through Nov. 30 season.
All permits will be valid only for Sierra National Forest lands and do not include private property, and will be available at the North Fork, Prather and Clovis Forest Service offices beginning on Friday, Apr. 1.
The minimum cost for a permit is $20, allowing for four cords of wood at $5 per cord. A maximum of 12 cords per year per person is allowed.
Prices for firewood have been reduced this season in order to encourage the public to assist the Forest Service in decreasing the massive amount of fuel created by the tree mortality after so many years of drought. Last year’s cost was $10 per cord.
A permit must be in the 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 36 CFR 261.6 (h) except as authorized by special use authorization, timber sale contract, federal law, or regulation.
The Forest Service asks everyone cutting wood to “please be safe and aware of others in the area, and thank you for your role as part of the team to help restore the Sierra National Forest back to its resilient condition!”