Wayne National Forest Changes Firewood Premit Program

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (Feb. 1, 2016) – The collection of firewood is one of the many benefits that residents who live near the Wayne National Forest enjoy. With that in mind, the Forest announces changes that will help residents collect even more wood without additional cost.

For $20, residents can now purchase a permit that allows the collection of up to five cords of wood from the Wayne National Forest. Previously, the limit was two cords. The increase became effective on January 4th.

“That’s a significant increase in the amount of wood residents can now collect without a price increase. For example, if you have an 8-foot truck bed, you could collect up to ten loads of wood a year,” said Tim Slone, district ranger for the Ironton Ranger District.

Last year, the Wayne National Forest issued 151 firewood permits.

Each permit will authorize collection of dead and down trees only. No standing trees may be cut, regardless of condition. Firewood must be removed for PERSONAL use only. Firewood may NOT be moved out of the Gypsy Moth Quarantine Areas unless inspected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Cutting area maps and program regulations will be provided with the permit or upon request.

Permits may be obtained from one of three administrative offices (Nelsonville, Marietta, and Pedro) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays. Permit purchases may be made by credit card, cash, check or money order (made payable to “USDA Forest Service.”) Those purchasing permits will need to provide one form of identification.

For more information, contact the Wayne National Forest Headquarters at (740) 753-0101, or visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and Facebook.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.