With winter storms slamming the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, many trees have fallen in the area, creating an issue for for forest officials. Their solution? Allow visitors to cut and take their own firewood from the area.
The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area announced they will be issuing fuelwood cutting permits from March 1 to May 1 to anyone over the age of 18. Permits will run $5 per cord of wood, with a minimum of $20 fee and a maximum of 12 cords can be purchased per person.
The fuelwood cutting permits apply to the area of Shasta Lake, which is usually illegal. The area around the lake has seen its share of natural disasters lately, with three devastating fires during 2018 and intense storms so far in 2019.
Fuelwood cutting on the NRA is restricted to the area within 100 feet adjacent to forest roads and excludes campgrounds, marinas, recreation residences, and administrative buildings. Keep in mind that areas of private land are scattered within the boundaries of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the permit is not valid for cutting wood on private land.
Any questions can be directed to the Shasta Lake Ranger Station at 14225 Holiday Road in Redding or at (530) 275-1587.