Monday, April 1, the Bitterroot National Forest will begin issuing personal firewood cutting permits for the year.

According to a press release, the permits are good for 12 months and allow woodcutters to take up to 12 cords of firewood. The cost is $7 per cord (with a four-cord minimum of $28). A cord is a stack of tightly piled wood four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.

Permits are available at any Bitterroot National Forest Service office on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Each permit comes with Load Tickets, which must be stapled on all loads of firewood coming out of the national forest.

By the way, officials caution that if you have leftover Load Tickets from 2012, they are not allowed. New 2013 tickets must be used.

There are guidelines of where and how firewood can be cut. For instance:

  • No wood can be cut or gathered within 150 feet of streams or waterways.
  • Firewood gathering is prohibited in recreation areas or campgrounds.
  • You can remove downed timber or standing dead trees.
  • Chainsaws and splitters must have approved spark arresters.