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Forest firewoodhits right cordfor cheap heat

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Theresa Wilson of Silt cuts firewood along County Road 245 as her dog Rusty stands watch. Wilson is anticipating an especially frigid winter this season.

By Carrie ClickPost Independent StaffPlenty of firewood is available to people willing to go up into the National Forest, wield chain saws and axes, and haul the wood out. ‘Tis the season for firewood cutting and hauling on most of the Flat Tops between Meeker and New Castle, and in the Sopris Ranger District near Carbondale.Permits cost $10 a cord, with a two-cord minimum required. One household can purchase up to 10 permits per year, said Janet Rothe of the U.S. Forest Service’s Glenwood Springs office.Mostly deadwood is available for firewood, either standing or already lying on the ground, she said. Some areas are off-limits, though. No firewood cutting is allowed in wilderness areas or in timber sales zones. And of course, no cutting is allowed on private land located in or around the forest.

“Sometimes these areas are marked, and sometimes they’re not,” Rothe said.To help differentiate areas available for cutting, all forest ranger offices have maps that show where cutting is allowed. Timber program manager Jim Thinnes said that in the large scheme of the White River National Forest, there’s virtually no impact – either positively or negatively – with the public cutting firewood. “It’s such a small amount comparatively,” Thinnes said. “We consider it as a public service to help people heat their homes.” Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.commaking the cut

Firewood cutting permits are available at any U.S. Forest Service District Ranger office in the area, and at the superintendent’s office in Glenwood Springs. • Permits cost $10 a cord.• A two-cord minimum is required • A maximum of 10 permits is allowed per household• Permits expire Dec. 31, 2004• Maps of firewood cutting areas are available at each ranger office: White River National Forest Supervisor’s office900 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs

970-945-2521Sopris Ranger District620 Main St., Carbondale970-963-2266 Rifle Ranger District0094 County Road 244, Rifle970-625-2371

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