Firewood cutting permits now available |

Firewood cutting permits now available

Firewood permits for the basin are available through Oct. 15

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit began the sale of firewood permits, which will be available for collection of down-dead wood up to 30- inches in diameter, on designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Permits will be on sale for $20 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase totaling $40. There is a 10-cord maximum per household. Maps to designated cutting areas will be provided, and must be in your possession along with the valid permit when obtaining wood. “Down-dead” means the wood is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing.

There is no cutting of dead standing wood. Maps will be available from the LTBMU Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. Call (530) 543-2694 for more information.

For all permitted collection, permit holders must keep vehicles on forest service roads (no off- road travel) and comply with all permit conditions.

The permit will have specific conditions to follow, but you should also be courteous when it comes to any noise or impacts near homes, and to please respect private property. Permitted cutting and loading of down-dead firewood has little disturbance far up a forest service road, but can be very disruptive close to homes. Also, please be aware that several forest areas will be restricted from collection. Full information is provided when a permit is issued.

For more information, visit or call the LTBMU Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe, near the Lake Tahoe Community College. To reach the office, turn southeast on Al Tahoe Blvd. from Highway 50 or northwest onto Al Tahoe from Pioneer Trail. The entrance is just off College Drive. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the information phone number is (530) 543-2694.

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