Photo by Meranda19/Shutterstock.

Photo by Meranda19/Shutterstock.

(Cody, Wyo.) – As the weather begins to make firewood more accessible, the Shoshone National Forest wants to remind the public that all firewood permits purchased over the counter at any of the Shoshone offices are for personal use firewood only.

The following are some additional key points to remember:

  •         Any commercial activity, to include cutting for other people or selling firewood without authorization, would be in violation of 36 CFR 261.10c, 36 CFR 261.L and /or 36 CFR 261.10k.
  •          Cutting of any trees or logs with burls on them is prohibited.
  •          Off-road skidding of logs with any vehicle is not permitted; however, dragging logs by winch or animal is allowed.
  •          Driving off of the road to park is allowed within 300 feet of the road with a valid firewood permit and in a licensed vehicle; no tractors or off-road vehicles/equipment can operate off roads on National Forest lands with personal use permits.
  •          Stumps must be cut to less than 12 inches in height; you must cut up and scatter all materials larger than 2 inches in diameter to less than 20 inches high.
  •          Validate and attach permit so that it is clearly visible on rear of load before leaving cutting area.
  •          Cut only dead standing or downed trees.
  •          The maximum length for firewood is 8 feet if it is larger than 7 inches in diameter at the large end.

Any activity around dead and dying trees should be taken with extra caution as they can fall without warning.  Please wear appropriate safety protection and be aware of your surroundings.

As the nation’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.