By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Inyo National Forest announces personal use fuelwood permits may now be purchased at the Mono Basin Visitor Center. Due to staffing shortages, the forest requests permits be obtained between the hours posted for each visitor center. Fuelwood permits may be obtained at the following locations:
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Centerin Lee Vining; (760) 647-3044
Permits on sale Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Centerin Mammoth Lakes; (760) 924-5500
Permits on sale Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm-4:00 p.m.
White Mountain Ranger Stationin Bishop; (760) 873-2500
Permits on sale Monday-Sunday from 8:30 am to noon and from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.
Please call ahead to your local visitor center to confirm hours of operations. As summer operations begin, morning hours will be busier with visitors seeking wilderness permits; afternoon hours are advised for picking up fuelwood permits.
Initial supplies of firewood can be found at Reversed Peak Forest Management Area and Dry Creek Forest Management Area located on the fuelwood map. Hazard trees along a section of the Owens Fire along Forest Road 1S47 is open for collection. Other areas which may be opened temporarily this season include hazard tree removals in various locations to be announced.
The Inyo National Forest will continue to institute shut down days for chainsaw use based upon the fire danger. Permit holders should call (760) 873-2555 for this information (updated daily after 4:00 pm).
Maps showing areas open to cutting are available with a purchased fuelwood permit. Copies of fuelwood maps are also available on Avenza. Fuelwood permits are still $15 per cord with a two cord minimum.
The Fuelwood Strategy, developed with public participation in 1998, remains valid and will be implemented this year. Large ends of all downed logs (those portions greater than 30 inches in diameter) are required to remain on the forest floor for wildlife habitat and recycling of soil nutrients. The majority of funds collected from permit sales are directly returned to the forest for continued implementation of this program.