Zone V on the Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest will partially re-open for fuelwood cutting effective Saturday, May 16th, 2015.
Acting District Ranger Matt Boisseau recently made the decision to open the portion of Zone V that lies to the south of Highway 44. However, there are specific areas south of Highway 44 that will be closed to firewood cutting and posted as such. These are areas of heavy windthrown trees where the Forest has determined additional evaluation is necessary.
Fuelwood cutters are advised that all areas of Zone V north of Highway 44 will temporarily remain closed due to excessive windthrown trees in order to capture any potential commercial value. A provision for these measures is contained in the Forest’s Fuelwood Cutting Requirements.
No woodcutting is allowed in timber sale areas or other commercial operations marked with “No Woodcutting” signs. Trees marked with paint may not be cut or removed, including those on the ground, with the exception of downed lodge pole pine.
Woodcutters are reminded to stay on roads and trails, as traveling cross-country with motor vehicles to scout for wood is prohibited. Even with a valid wood permit, woodcutters are only allowed to leave a Forest road to gather firewood, as long as this activity does not result in damage to natural resources.
In some instances, drivers could be held liable for such damage. See the Motor Vehicle Use Maps, available free at your local Forest office, for more information.
Zone V is shown on the Fuelwood Cutting Map, and woodcutters are urged to check the map to ensure that they are on National Forest land and are cutting in permissible areas. Zone V woodcutters are also required to call the 24-hour number, 530-257-4188, for any current restrictions.
The price of personal wood permits remains at $10.00 per cord, with a minimum purchase of two cords per permit. Multiple permits may be purchased, up to a 10 cord limit. Personal use tags purchased on the Lassen National Forest are also valid on the Plumas National Forest and vice versa. Woodcutters should carefully read all materials included in each wood permit packet.
Permits may be purchased at the Eagle Lake Ranger District office, located at 477-050 Eagle Lake Road, near the intersection of Highway 36 and County Road A-1, three miles west of Susanville. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 530-257-4188 with any questions.