The San Juan National Forest has extended its availability of free permits for personal-use firewood cutting to the general public through June 14.
The free-use permits are for personal use only. Forest users must comply with normal permit requirements and forest regulations.
Beginning June 15, free-use packets will no longer be valid and regular fuelwood permits will be available for purchase.
Free-use permits are valid for cutting up to a maximum of four cords of personal-use firewood. Authorization packets are limited to one per household and individuals must be 18 years or older.
Authorization packets may be accessed in-person at National Forest office, via a self-service table. Woodcutters must carry the authorization packet with them while cutting, but it does not need to be attached to the load. Firewood cutters are also required to carry an axe or shovel and have their chainsaw equipped with an approved spark arrester.
For more information, contact a district office listed below:
Columbine Ranger District at 884-2512Dolores Ranger District at 882-7296Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268For more information, call 247-4874, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.