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By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN
Permits to cut firewood on public lands managed by the San Juan National Forest and BLM Tres Rios Field Office in southwestern Colorado are on sale at agency offices and selected retail outlets.
A minimum purchase of $20 allows the bearer to gather two-and-a-half cords of firewood from federal lands for personal use prior to Dec. 31, 2013. 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 Pagosa Ranger District, 2nd and Pagosa streets in downtown Pagosa Springs.
For information on road conditions for the San Juan National Forest, go to www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ and click on Road and Motorized Trail Information in the right hand column to be directed to Current Road Status.
For more information, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874.