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Lake Tahoe Basin fuelwood permit sales begin next week

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin the sale of personal use fuelwood permits next week on both shores of Lake Tahoe.

Permits cost $20 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase and a limit of 10 cords per household. You can buy wood at the following two USFS office locations:

• 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, starting Monday, May 23

• 855 Alder Ave., Incline Village, starting Wednesday, May 25

"Permits should be purchased early and wood collected promptly, as fire restrictions are likely to go into effect early and there may be days when no cutting is allowed," USFS officials said.

Permits have specific conditions and complete information is provided when the permit is issued. Maps to designated cutting areas are provided and must be in the permit holder's possession along with the valid permit, according to USFS.

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"The permit is for collection of 'down-dead' wood up to a 30-inch maximum diameter in designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin," officials said. "'Down-dead' means the tree is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing.

"Cutting any standing tree, whether dead or green, is not allowed."

Permit holders must keep vehicles on National Forest System roads. No off-road travel is allowed and permit holders must comply with all permit conditions.

Some designated fuelwood areas are only open during specified dates, and all areas are subject to closure at any time.

Visit 1.usa.gov/1TZnxML for a complete list of forest gate and road opening/closing dates.

Learn more

The Forest Supervisor’s Office in South Lake Tahoe is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Incline Village office is open Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit 1.usa.gov/1TZnWPj to learn more.