Forest Service Cuts Cost Of Permits For Fuel-Wood

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The Forest Service is offering free permits to collect up to four cords of wood in the Payson and Pleasant Valley ranger districts.

The permit allows cutting of dead/down Ponderosa Pine and Pinyon Pine and dead-standing pine up to 12 inches in diameter 4.5 feet from ground level.

The four cords of free use fuelwood collected with a free use permit may not be resold. Limit of one free-use permit per household per year.

Permits are issued at Payson, Pleasant Valley, Tonto Basin and Globe ranger districts. Free use pine may be cut on portions of Payson And Pleasant Valley ranger districts ONLY.

Throughout the Tonto Forest, two types of fuelwood permits will be available, Paid Personal Use Fuelwood Permits and Free Personal Use Fuelwood Permits. The cutting season is from April 1 – December 31 annually. Maps and instructions are provided with each permit.

“In past years, the paid personal use fuelwood permit cost $25 for a 4-cord permit with a maximum of 2 permits (8 cords) annually per household,” said Kitty Tattersall, administrative forester. “This year we are offering paid permits for $10 per cord, with a two-cord minimum. Users can cut up to 10 cords annually. The new system offers our customers more flexibility in the amount of wood they can collect during the season,” she concluded.

A permit allows cutting of dead/down trees of all species, dead standing Juniper/Cypress up to 18 in. diameter at the base, and dead standing pine up to 12 inches, measured 4.5 feet above ground.

Up to 10 cords are available under this category at $10.00 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase.

The permits are for sale at all six ranger district offices.

Cutting areas inlude portions of Payson, Pleasant Valley, Globe and Tonto Basin ranger districts.

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