Firewood Permits now Required

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Deb Schweizer
Public Affairs Specialist

As the impacts from COVID-19 continue to be felt across the country, the US Forest Service is committed to providing services on public lands and doing what’s possible for those in need. As such, the Inyo National Forest will provide free personal use firewood permits through September 30, 2020.

Effective July 7, 2020, woodcutters will be required to hold a free use permit and follow the associated regulations within that permit, along with an Inyo National Forest Personal Use Fuelwood Map. Permits will be available for issuance beginning June 29. A total of up to 6 cords of firewood for personal use is permitted per calendar year. A cord is the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.

As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the permit holder to check and be aware of the firewood cutting restrictions in effect. Firewood cutting restriction information can be obtained by phoning 760-873-2555 at any time.

Methods for requesting an Inyo NF Personal Use Fuelwood Permit:
Send an email: SM.FS.InyoFW_Permit@usda.gov
Mail-in requests: Inyo National Forest Attn: fuelwood permit, 351 Pacu Lane Suite 200 Bishop, CA 93514

Each request shall include your name, physical address, mailing address, phone number, driver’s license number, and the number of cords requested. Permits will be returned to requesters by hardcopy mail. Please expect that it will take 7-10 days to receive your permit.

Supplies of firewood can be found at Reversed Peak, Bald Mountain Road and Clark Fire Forest Management Areas located on the fuelwood map. Other areas that may be opened temporarily this season include hazard tree removals in various locations to be announced.

The Inyo National Forest will continue to institute shut down days (for chainsaw use) based upon the daily Project Activity Level. Permit holders can call (760) 873-2555 Option 2 for information on activity levels.