Late snow delays sale of Forest Service firewood |

Late snow delays sale of Forest Service firewood

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Late season snows will delay by about a month firewood permit sales by the U.S. Forest Service at Lake Tahoe Basin.

“A series of wet spring storms have left many designated cutting areas still snow covered,” said Rex Norman, Forest Service spokesman. “(We) expect to begin selling firewood cutting permits in early June this year … last year they were available in May.”

The Forest Service began selling permits on May 14 last year. Areas that were open for harvest included land along Pioneer Trail, Heavenly Valley and South Upper Truckee Road. The wood available includes Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine and white fir. The Forest Service will announce details of the permit sales as it gets closer to June.

In past years, permits required the purchase of at least two cords of wood at $20 apiece, with the limit set at 10 cords. The wood is only for personal use, not for resale or exchange.