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San Juan Public Lands firewood permits on sale

Tags to cut firewood on National Forest or BLM lands in southwestern Colorado will go on sale at agency offices and selected retail outlets on Monday, May 7.

A minimum purchase of $20 allows the bearer to gather two-and-a-half cords of firewood for personal use from federal lands prior to Dec. 31, 2012.

Each tag is good for one-half cord of firewood. The appropriate number of tags must be securely fastened to the firewood in a visible manner before the vehicle is driven from the place where the firewood was gathered.

One household may purchase permits for up to 10 cords of firewood per year for personal use. Gathering firewood for resale requires a commercial permit.

Permits, which come with a brochure and map, are available at the Pagosa Ranger District/Field Office, 2nd and Pagosa streets.

On the Columbine and Pagosa Ranger Districts, all standing dead ponderosa larger than 15 inches in diameter are protected for wildlife habitat and cannot be cut down for use as firewood.

Most National Forest and BLM roads are now dry enough to be opened to traffic at this time, allowing the public to access backcountry areas for this and other uses. Updates on specific San Juan National Forest road conditions are available on the Web at: www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/sanjuan/recreation.

For more information, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874.

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