Again this year, the Bitterroot National Forest is issuing firewood permits on the national forestland.

The personal firewood permits go on sale Monday, April 3, at all Bitterroot National Forest offices, according to Public Affairs officer Tod McKay. The minimum purchase is $20 for four cords of wood, with $5 per cord up to a maximum of 12 cords per individual per year.

There are rules. You must have your permit with you when cutting wood. The vehicles should stay on designated roads and trail. The chainsaw needs a spark arrester and you should carry a shovel and fire extinguisher. Bring along a rake for debris cleanup.

Do not cut wood within 150 feet of a streams or waterways, developed recreation areas or campgrounds. Maps are available from the Bitterroot National Forest when you buy your permit.

Need more information? Check the Bitterroot National Forest website.