Nantahala firewood permits available
The U.S. Forest Service announces that local residents can purchase permits to gather firewood July 1-25 near Howard Gap Road in the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest.
Howard Gap Road (Forest Service Road 4503), off State Road 106 just north of the Georgia state line, currently has a fair amount of downed wood as a result of stand improvement activities.
To harvest firewood from the Nantahala Ranger District, residents must first purchase a firewood removal permit at the Nantahala Ranger Station office, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin. A permit costs $20 for approximately four cords of firewood. A permit holder may take a maximum of 16 cords (or four permits) of firewood in a calendar year.
Firewood may not be harvested in wilderness areas, active timber sale areas, campgrounds and day-use areas. Permit holders are limited to harvesting dead and down trees; standing trees (live or dead) may not be cut. Firewood permits must be in the permit holder's possession while harvesting and transporting products. Permit sales by the Nantahala Ranger District are final and cannot be refunded or transferred. Firewood harvested under these permits is for personal use only and may not be resold.
The Forest Service encourages people to be mindful of their surroundings and road traffic when collecting firewood. All slash must be removed from roadways and ditch lines. Permit holders should use extreme caution and practice all appropriate safety measures when harvesting firewood.
Permits are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the ranger station. For more information, contact the Nantahala Ranger District office at 524-6441.