Colville National Forest Free Personal Use Firewood Authorization available on April 1

(PRESS RELEASE/Colville National Forest)

Starting April 1, 2021, the Colville National Forest will offer free personal use firewood authorizations using a self-service procedure. Partnering retailers will also continue to provide free firewood authorizations during business hours. The authorization allows removal of up to 12 cords of firewood per household and is valid from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Please note the authorization obtained outside a Forest Service office will not look exactly like those obtained at partnering retailers, but terms and conditions are the same as in years past. Both are valid for the 2021-2022 season.

Production on a new Forest Use map is underway that will replace the Firewood Cutting map. This new map is currently at the printers and will be provided to partnering retail locations and Forest Service offices as soon as it arrives.

Permit procedure:

• Colville National Forest District Offices and the Supervisors Office will each provide a self-service station to obtain your free 12-cord authorization and forest uses map packet outside the visitor entrance door.
• Fill out the authorization before cutting firewood.
• Follow the rules printed on the maps and the terms and conditions in the packet.
• Record your firewood cutting activity on the firewood quantity removal record.
• Carry both the authorization and Forest Uses map with you while cutting firewood on the Colville National Forest.
• For 2021, Tonasket Ranger District will continue using the collection requirements implemented from when they were a part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This authorization is good only on the Tonasket Ranger District.
Partnering locations:
• The Junction – Tonasket, WA (509) 486-1800
• North 40 Outfitters – Omak, WA (509) 422-9840
• Akins Harvest Foods – Oroville, WA (509) 476-3651
• Harding’s Hardware – Republic, WA (509) 775-2952
• North 40 Outfitters – Colville, WA (509) 684-1444
• Hartill’s Mountain Saw & Tractor – Chewelah, WA (509) 935-8829
• Porter’s Plaza – Ione, WA (509) 442-4811
• North 40 Outfitters – Mead, WA (509) 465-8100
• North 40 Outfitters – Spokane Valley, WA (509) 922-1090
• Selkirk Ace Hardware – Oldtown, ID (208) 437-5669

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