Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tahoe firewood permits

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe BasinManagement Unit (LTBMU) will begin the sale of fuelwood permits for thebasin beginning Monday, June 1, and continue through October 31. Permitswill be available for collection of down-dead wood up to 30-inch maximumdiameter on designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin.Permits will be on sale for $20.00 per cord, with a 2-cord minimum purchasetotaling $40.00. There is a 10-cord maximum per household. Maps todesignated cutting areas will be provided and must be in your possessionalong with the valid permit, when obtaining wood. “Down-dead” means thewood is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing. Thereis no cutting of dead standing wood.For all permitted collection, permit holders must keep vehicles on NationalForest System (NFS) roads (no off-road travel) and comply with all permitconditions. Please be aware that some designated fuelwood areas are onlyopen during specified dates, and all are subject to closure at any time.The permit will have specific conditions to follow. Permit holders areasked to stay off private property and demonstrate courtesy when it comesto any noise or collection activity on NFS lands near homes. Also, pleasebe aware that several forest areas will be restricted from collection.Full information is provided when a permit is issued.Beginning June 1, fuelwood permits are available at the LTBMU Supervisor’sOffice at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits will also be available, Fridays only, at theForest Service office on the North Shore, located at 3080 N. Lake Blvd.,Tahoe City. North Shore office hours are Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call (530)543-2694.

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