Firewood Permits on Sale
San Juan National Forest Firewood Permits on Sale
Permits to cut firewood on the San Juan National Forest will be on sale starting May 1, 2017 at agency offices and selected retail outlets. A minimum purchase of $20 allows the bearer to gather two-and-a-half cords of dead and downed firewood from the San Juan National Forest for personal use prior to December 31, 2017.
Permits, which come with a brochure and map, are available at:
– San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango – Kroeger’s Ace Hardware, 8 Town Plaza, Durango – Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl, Bayfield – Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Highway 184, Dolores – Dolores Food Market, 400 Railroad Ave., Dolores – Cox Conoco, 201 E Railroad Ave, Mancos – Pagosa Ranger District, 180 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs
Permits are divided into five separate tags; each tag is good for ½ cord of firewood and can be used separately or all at one time. The appropriate number of tags must be validated and fastened to the load of firewood in a visible manner before the vehicle is driven from the place where the firewood was gathered. One household may purchase permits for up to 10 cords of firewood per year for personal use. Cutting firewood for commercial resale requires a commercial permit, and information can obtained at each district office.
Restrictions apply to the cutting of standing dead ponderosa pine and live Gambel oak. Permit holders are expected to be familiar with these regulations. While most National Forest roads open on May 1st, some may still be wet or muddy and impassable. More information on firewood gathering regulations and current road conditions are available online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/
For more information, please contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 970 247-4874.
The San Juan National Forest manages 1.8 million acres of federal land in southwestern Colorado within Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande and San Juan counties.
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