Western, Wyo. – The Bridger-Teton National Forest will start selling firewood permits for personal use beginning May 15, 2015 at many of our District offices and local vendors for a price of seven dollars per cord with a five cord minimum purchase.
National Forests across the nation have been providing a substantial amount of firewood for the public since 1970’s, which has continued to grow as more households in America are a adopting a more environmentally friendly route to reduce energy and fossil fuel consumption. Selling firewood permits also aids in fire prevention by removing burnable material from the Forest floor.
When gathering firewood, permits allow for the harvest of down or standing dead wood only and it is important to use firewood from local sources to prevent the spread of invasive species. A standard cord is 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet high, measuring 128 cubic feet when wood is stacked in a row.Make sure to cut firewood only where the permit allows, as other neighboring Forests might have different firewood cutting regulations and price and may be located in areas not open for cutting such as wilderness areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, resorts, recreation management areas, wilderness study areas, administrative sites, or timber sales. Maps of legal wood cutting locations will be available where permits are sold and on the Forest website.
Forest visitors are advised to check in with their local ranger stations regarding the areas roads and trails information. Permits are offered at all of our District Forest office locations and vendors listed in our website: www.fs.usda.gov/main/btnf/passes-permits/forestproducts, accepting cash, checks, and credit cards as form of payment. The Forest does on occasions offer free firewood which is advertised to the public as it becomes available throughout the summer. Transplant permits will be sold at the District offices beginning Friday May 1, 2015.
Be advised that firewood gathered under a personal use permit may not be resold for profit. For more information about Forest regulations or the products available for sale visit our website www.fs.usda.gov/btnf or call our office at (307) 739-5500.