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Woodcutting Season Opens On Sierra National Forest

NORTH FORK – Personal Use Fuelwood permits are now available for purchase at the Sierra National Forest offices starting Apr. 1, and running through Nov. 30.

The Forest is charging $20 for a two cord permit, with a maximum purchase of 10 cords per household. Permit terms and federal regulations are strictly enforced.

Although the Personal Use Fuelwood season begins Apr. 1, some Forest roads aren’t scheduled to be opened until Apr. 15 or later, depending upon weather and road conditions. A number of Forest roads may remain temporarily closed until drier conditions render them passable.

Early season woodcutters are reminded to contact their local Ranger Station to find out about woodcutting regulations, road closures and current road conditions, prior to traveling to the forest to cut firewood.

Fuelwood cutters are required to review and follow the terms specified on their permit, and to present their valid permit to Forest Officers who will be checking for compliance. When hauling firewood, the number of the load tags applied to the load must be clearly visible from the rear of the load.

Woodcutters will receive a map of the areas that are temporarily closed when purchasing their permits. These areas are closed due to timber sales, hazard areas.

For more information about Fuelwood Permits please contact one of the Sierra National Forest offices:

Bass Lake Ranger District Office, 57003 Road 225, North Fork, call 559-877-2218, open Monday Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oakhurst Office at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau location, 40637 Highway 41, call 559-658-7588, open Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sierra National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, call 559-297-0706, open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

High Sierra Ranger District Office, 29688 Auberry Road, Prather, call 559-855-5355, open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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