After a long, snowy winter, people are anxious to get out and enjoy public lands for hunting, firewood gathering and general recreation.
Roads are being opened as conditions and staffing permit, with public safety and resource damage prevention as priorities.
Many forest roads are still closed due to poor conditions and a permit does not allow you access to these roads. Open roads may still be wet, muddy or snow covered, so drive with caution. Driving off-road to avoid mud and snow causes damage to roads, soils, plants and puts your safety at risk when you get stuck in remote locations or hazardous situations.
Causing damage to roads and driving off-road in a manner which damages the land and vegetation is a violation of federal regulations, which your permit does not exempt you from.
Firewood permits are on sale on the Coconino National Forest. The cost of a permit is $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of $20 for four cords and a maximum purchase of 10 cords per individual or household. Firewood season is open through Dec. 13, on the Coconino National Forest. Permits are available Monday through Friday.
For more information, call the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, Blue Ridge, at (928) 477-2255.