Bitterroot National Forest Issues Firewood Permits
It's time for firewood gatherers to head into the hills.
The Bitterroot National Forest and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest have started issuing personal firewood permits. A handout with the rules is available at forest service offices or at the Bitterroot National Forest website.
According to Tod McKay, the Bitterroot permits are $20 minimum for four cords of wood. Additional one-cord permits can be purchased for $5 each. One person can cut at maximum of 12 cords per year. A cord is tightly piled wood in a stack 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long.
The permits allow you to cut standing dead trees or downed timber in most areas of national forest land, but there are rules:
Be careful on forest roads and try to stay off muddy and soft roadbeds. Report any damage you might find, too.