A firewood permit is a often overlooked way to get cheap fuel for your stove.
Many national parks and recreation areas need to manage their lands and felled trees. This is important to get rid of potential fire hazards and is also a way to pay for some of the upkeep. In exchange, local folks can get cheap wood, often as low as $20 a cord! Here are some of the things to keep in mind though.
You often need to get a permit BEFORE you start cutting. Don't pack up a pickup full and then expect to pay. You often need to get the documents in order for a nominal fee and then you can cut away where instructed.
You are often limited to where and when you can cut. Usually it is located by a truck path.
You can usually only cut downed or dead trees. In addition, some areas have a minimum that may be several truck loads worth. Keep that in mind if you show up with just your small pickup!
You may only cut the species that is specified. Don't take other species that are outside your restrictions.
The permits are to be used for personal use only in nearly all cases.
Even with the typical restrictions, its usually worth your time to investigate your options with your local authorities for cutting in parks and reserves. For just a couple bucks you can get a cord or two and help out the park at the same time!
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