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Woodcutting season extended

Tahoe National Forest extended wood-cutting season through Nov. 16 to make up for fire-season limitations over the summer.

“Wood cutting has been extended even with the recent storm, but we recommend that folks are careful on the muddy roads because driving recklessly or rutting up the roads means that much more repair work in the spring,” said Ann Westling, spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service.

The season normally would have ended Nov. 2, but because the long fire season halted cutting for so long, the Forest Service decided to add time, Westling said.

“Because the fire season started so early wood cutters didn’t get many days this year,” she said.

In the Truckee area, Vegetation Management Officer Scott Conway said cutting permit applications have been through the roof.

“I would say we have by far sold the most cords of wood basically in the last decade,” Conway said. “It’s safe to assume it’s because the cost of energy is going up.”

The increased cutting can mean more improper off-roading in the National Forest, but is beneficial for the most part, Conway said.

“Safe extraction is a win-win, it reduces fuels in the forest and allows people to heat their homes with local resources,” Conway said.

Permits will be issued through Friday, Nov. 14.

To obtain a permit or to learn more, contact the Truckee Ranger District at 587-3558.

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