SALIDA — If you're interested in purchasing firewood from the U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest, you better hurry and do so. The Salida Ranger District is selling fuelwood permits through November 15th, and the permits are valid through December 31st.
The permits cost $10 per cord, with a minimum purchase of three cords and a 10-cord limit per family. You can pay by cash, check or credit card .
The Salida Ranger District offers two different types of fuelwood programs. The first is a designated cutting area, where timber crews have already cut trees down. These areas close on November 30th, to protect the winter range of certain wildlife species. The second fuelwood program allows people to cut standing dead or downed trees from along any Forest Service road, known also as “roadside cutting”.
Some exceptions exist, such as for developed campgrounds, ski areas, and other administrative and recreational sites. Please be aware that Forest Service roads are not plowed, and may become inaccessible due to snow prior to the permit's expiration date. Permit holders are responsible for knowing public and private land boundaries. Maps and information about seasonal road closures are available at the district office.
For more information call the Salida Ranger District at (719) 539-3591.