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Fuelwood gathering options available in Tahoe National Forest

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — As the days are getting shorter and the nights a bit cooler, people are beginning to thing about getting firewood for the looming winter season.

The continued dry forest fuels conditions in the Sierra may continue to limit safe and permissive wood-cutting opportunities, officials said.

Still, the Sierraville and Truckee ranger districts of the Tahoe National Forest issued a public service announcement this week, reminding resident that opportunities do exist to cut and gather fuelwood, as dictated by proper permitting and daily fuelwood/woodcutting activity levels.

“We have designed a number of our more recent hazardous fuels reduction projects and forest management activities throughout the district to provide fuelwood as a byproduct for public utilization as firewood-with the required fuelwood permits,” officials. “Recent handthin fuels reduction projects were designed to bring the tree bole material to the roadside for gathering; most of this material is small diameter and is in roughly 4-foot sections.”

These allow for gathering-only opportunities, according to the districts — meaning no saw operations are allowed — that can occur anytime with valid fuelwood permits, which may be ideal for those unable to actually cut wood themselves.

Further, some the districts’ larger-scale forest management projects have created decks of small diameter trees (usually 10 inches and less) that are available to cut for firewood.

“These decks are typically located in landings or along roads and can therefore be utilized on some of the more restrictive cutting days,” officials said.

Maps identifying all locations are available at the Sierraville and Truckee offices, where required fuelwood permits may be purchased.

The Truckee RD Office is located at 10811 Stockrest Springs Road. Call 530-587-3558.

Visit fs.usda.gov/tahoe to learn more about the Tahoe National Forest and Truckee Ranger District.


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