Forest Service Preferred Woodcutting Area to Open
Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District
COEUR D’ALENE, ID (July 21, 2014) — The Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District will be opening two “preferred” fuelwood areas, which will be available to the public for gathering firewood for personal use.
Little Elk Road 1564: This preferred fuelwood area is located on the west side of the district, approximately 2.1 miles west of Flat Creek Saddle, off of Road 260. Road 1564 will be open to the public for wood gathering from Thursday, July 24 through Friday, August 29.
The established route to access this area will be to take I-90 to the Kingston Exit #43, then go north on Forest Highway 9 (Coeur d’Alene River Road) for approximately 5.6 miles to Road 209 (Little North Fork Coeur d’Alene River). Turn left and go across the bridge, then turn right onto County Road 503 and travel to Road400 (Steamboat). Go north on Road 400 approximately 12 miles to Flat Creek Saddle, turn left onto Road 260 and travel approximately 2.2 miles to Road 1564.
Skitwish Road 6702: This preferred fuelwood area is located on the west side of the district in the Wolf Lodge District. Skitwish Road 6702 will be open to the public for wood gathering from Thursday, July 24 through Friday, August 29. Note: The fuelwood area runs through old growth designation; dead trees within these areas are not to be cut. These areas are marked as “No Cutting,” and some dead trees are painted and designated as “Wildlife Trees.” Any violations in these areas could result in the closure of the area.
The established route to access this area will be to take I-90 to the Wolf Lodge Exit #22, then turn left and go north over the overpass to the Wolf Lodge Access Road (County Road 123). Turn right onto Wolf Lodge Access Road and continue approximately 0.9 mile to Wolf Lodge Creek Road (County Road 124). Travel on Wolf Lodge Creek Road for approximately 3.5 miles to Marie Creek Road (County Road 125). Turn right onto Marie Creek Road and travel approximately 1 mile to where the road turns into Forest Service Road 202. Continue on Road 202 for approximately 4.8 miles to a switchback in the road. Road 6702 will be on your right.
The required Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permit can be purchased at the District’s Fernan Office in Coeur d’Alene or the Silver Valley Office in Smelterville, or woodcutters can print off a mail-in form that can be obtained from the National Forest website at: http://fs.usda.gov/ipnf (from the home page select Passes & Permits, Forest Products, Read more…, Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District; then click under “Download a permit application”).
Maps and driving instructions for these preferred woodcutting areas can be picked up at either office, and are also available on Idaho Panhandle National Forests - News & Events internet website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/ipnf/news-events).