Woodcutting permits go on sale Monday by phone only

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Woodcutting permits for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will go on sale Monday but, as is the case with most things these days, COVID-19 has made things different.

The permits will be sold by phone instead of in-person and they won’t go into effect until May 1.

And even then, the Forest Service would like people to wait, if possible, before cutting their wood.

“We understand the importance of firewood in heating local homes, and so those who need wood for that purpose will be able to do so, said Forest Supervisor Kristin Bail. “But we still strongly encourage people to postpone woodcutting if possible to alleviate strain on rural communities until the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order has been lifted, and then to practice social distancing while obtaining firewood.”

The minimum firewood permit is $20 for four cords of wood. The cost for permits over the four-cord minimum is $5 per cord. People can purchase up to 12 cords per household per year.

Firewood permits are good through Dec. 31.

To buy a woodcutting permit, or for more information, contact your local ranger district office. Most offices are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.