BRIDGEPORT, California…The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport Ranger District, announces the opening of the Terry Canyon live-tree firewood cutting area on July 29, 2012, in Mono County, California, approximately six miles southwest of Walker, California. Dead-tree cutting is also allowed with purchased permits in specified areas throughout the Bridgeport Ranger District.
Live Jeffrey pine, pinyon pine, juniper, and some white fir are available for cutting. Tree cutting is allowed in designated areas only; maps will be given out with sold permits. Live-tree cutting area requirements include lopping and scattering all slash (limbs and tops) in open areas; slash piles can then be burned without harming the remaining trees.
Firewood cut in the live-tree area will need to be “seasoned” by splitting and drying in the sun for six months in advance of burning. Well-seasoned firewood is easier to start, produces more heat, and burns cleaner; the water must be gone before the wood will burn. Burning green wood uses up a large percentage of the available energy because the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn. The result is that less heat is delivered to the home, gallons of acidic water in the form of creosote are deposited in chimney, and air pollution increases.
Firewood permits are valid through December 31, 2012, cost $10 per cord, and there is a two-cord minimum. Permits with maps of the live-and-dead woodcutting areas are available at the following location:
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Bridgeport Ranger District
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Highway 395 South
Bridgeport, CA 93517