Woodcutting Season Opens in the Tahoe National Forest – May 1
Nevada City….. Woodcutting permits for the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) can be purchased beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The price for permits is $15 per cord with a 2-cord minimum and an annual 10-cord maximum per household. Permits can be obtained at all TNF Ranger Stations, the Forest Headquarters or by mail. Applications for mail-in permits can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe under “Passes and Permits”. Firewood season will extend through December 1 or until rain and snow make the roads impassable.
In general, the woodcutting permit allows removal of dead or down wood on TNF system lands unless otherwise designated. It does not allow cutting on private land. Trees may not be cut if marked with paint, wildlife signs, boundary signs, and other official signs or in areas closed to woodcutting.
Tom Quinn, TNF Supervisor reminds woodcutters to carefully study the maps accompanying the permits to see which areas are closed to wood cutting and to get their wood in early. “This past Jan, Feb and March have been especially dry. We are opening the woodcutting season earlier so that folks can get their wood before increased fire danger limits woodcutting opportunities,” said Quinn. Woodcutting hotlines established for each district will have information regarding any fire danger restrictions and must be called each day before cutting.
Wood cutters are also reminded that they are required to keep a serviceable shovel at least 46 inches long and an approved fire extinguisher (2 pound dry chemical or 1 pound foam type – ABC or greater) within 25 feet of where saws are being operated. All gasoline-powered saws and other internal combustion engines such as motorized splitters must have a USFS approved spark arrester installed. Transportation load tickets will be issued along with the permit.
For more information on the woodcutting program call:
Forest Headquarters –Nevada City
631 Coyote St
Nevada City, CA 95959
Woodcutting Hot Line: (530) 478-6253