The 2012 firewood cutting areas are:
· Tepee Point Area – Sula Ranger District
· Colvert Creek Area – Sula Ranger District
· Piquett Creek Area – West Fork Ranger District
· White Stallion Area – Darby Ranger District
This is the third year that the Forest has opened designated areas in an effort to provide more accessible firewood. Projects in 2010-11 were very successful and the Forest is hoping for a similar response this year.
“Easily accessible firewood is becoming harder to find,” said Darby District Ranger Chuck Oliver. “We’re hoping this effort will again help the public find the firewood they need and in turn they will help us out by keeping these areas cleaned up so we can offer this kind of program each summer.”
The designated areas are open only for firewood cutting and only during daylight hours, no other motorized access purposes will be allowed. Please use wide shoulders and turn-outs for parking. As with wood cutting elsewhere on the Forest, no trees are to be felled onto the roadway and all slash must be cleaned up. Law enforcement will be monitoring the roads. Forest officials advise woodcutters to drive defensively and notify them of any downed trees or road damage that occurred over the winter.
The firewood cutting areas are open until Friday, August 31, 2012. You can purchase firewood permits at any Bitterroot National Forest office, M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per cord and there is a four cords ($28) minimum purchase. Each household is allowed a maximum 12 cords of firewood per year. Permits are good through March 31, 2013.