Woodcutting season is open on forest

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST – Woodcutting season opened on the Upper Lake and Covelo Ranger Districts of the Mendocino National Forest on April 7. Upper Lake District woodcutting season closes on Dec. 31. Covelo District woodcutting season closes on Nov. 30, however, permits purchased in Covelo can be used in all other areas of the forest open to woodcutting until Dec. 31.

Permits are available at the Upper Lake and Covelo Ranger District offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. Permits must be purchased in person.

Cost is $5 per cord, with a minimum of four cords for a permit ($20), and a maximum of 16 cords per year. Permits are not refundable.

Permittees are allowed to gather down and dead wood only. A map of open areas will accompany the permit. Wet weather conditions can affect the use and travel on forest roads, therefore, the public is encouraged to conduct woodgathering during periods of dry weather in the spring and early summer months.

If you have further questions please call the Upper Lake office at 707-275-2361 voice or 707-275-9524 TTY, Covelo office at 707-983-6118 voice or 707-983-6123 TTY.