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San Juan National Forest firewood permits now on sale

The San Juan National Forest began selling permits to cut firewood this year at select retail outlets across the forest May 3.

Specific agency offices will begin offering permits for sale, using established protocols and times. A minimum purchase of $20 allows the permit holder to gather two-and-a-half cords of dead and downed firewood from the San Juan National Forest for personal use.

One household may purchase a permit for up to 10 cords of firewood per year for personal use. Cutting firewood for commercial resale requires a commercial permit.

Chainsaws must have an approved spark arrester and it is recommended operators carry an axe or shovel. Fire restrictions may be put in place during the summer, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to adhere to any additional fire restrictions posted. Permit holders are expected to abide by all regulations written on their permit

Permits are available at these retail locations:

  • Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad Ave., Mancos.
  • Conoco Corner, Highway 491, Lewis.
  • Dolores Outfitters, Railroad Ave., Dolores.
  • roeger’s Ace Hardware, 8 Town Plaza, Durango.

People may also purchase permits at local Forest Service offices at walk-up windows.

For more information, call 247-4874 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.