Forest Service Begins Wood Permit Sales

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The Manti-La Sal National Forest began issuing permits for gathering of firewood and other forest products on the Ferron/Price and Ephraim Ranger Districts June 1. A valid permit is required prior to an individual collecting and removing any forest product from National Forest System lands.

Utah law also requires proof of product ownership to harvest and transport forest products from state, private and federal lands in Utah. A valid permit, contract, bill of sale, receipt or other legal instrument issued by the proper federal agency, state agency or landowner is required to be in the possession of individuals harvesting and transporting forest products. Documents should identify the date of sale, transporter’s name and address, description of the sale area, product, species, quantity, purchaser’s name and address, and delivery point for the product. Violators may be cited under state and federal law.

On the Ferron/Price and Ephraim districts, firewood will be available at $5 per cord for the standard permit. The minimum value of a permit sale is four cords for $20. Permits for firewood and other forest products can be purchased at Forest Service offices at 540 North Main Street, Ephraim, UT; 115 West Canyon Road, Ferron, UT; or 599 West Price River Drive, Price, UT. For more information, please call (435) 637-2817 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/ .

The Manti-La Sal National Forest manages watersheds for people living in eight central/southeastern Utah counties and two western Colorado counties. It cares for 1.4 million acres of wildlife habitat, fisheries in 1,600 miles of perennial streams and 8,100 acres of lakes and reservoirs. It maintains 2,940 miles of road, 382 miles of motorized trails, 736 miles of non-motorized trails, provides 663 recreation units and is the source of 45 percent of the coal mined in Utah.

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