Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

NNF&G sign - 3A year-long program that has seen the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands offer free firewood permits for up to 4 cords of wood ends on New Year’s Eve

John Lee, a forester with the U-S Forest Service, says the free permits were offered starting in January to help the Pine Ridge Ranger District meet forest management goals, but only for this year…with the regular $20 fee returning in 2014.

Lee says firewood cutting is allowed in most of the ranger district and the Oglala National Grasslands, but not  in established campgrounds, the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center, or the Soldier Creek Wilderness. The permit comes with a map and a listing of regulations

Lee says Travel Management regulations prohibit permit holders from driving off designated roads to cut and collect firewood. Most of the trees available for firewood are either pine or cottonwoods.

Standing dead pine trees may be harvested if less than 24 inches in diameter and if the tree is more than 50 feet from streams to create a stream buffer.

The free firewood permits are available at the temporary Pine Ridge District Office three miles south of Chadron off the east side of Highway #385.  Business hours are 7:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.