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The Kaibab National Forest is offering firewood permits for the Tusayan Ranger District at a number of locations in Navajo and Hopi communities over the next two months, according to a media release.

These opportunities are part of the Kaibab National Forest’s ongoing effort to increase access to firewood for tribal members and communities.

Forest representatives will offer firewood permits from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time for five days throughout September and October.

Permits will be available in September on Friday at the Tuba City Flea Market and Saturday the 28th at the Cameron Celebration in Cameron.

In October, permits will be available on Friday the 4th at the Honahnie Building in Kykotsmovi Village, on Friday the 18th at the Tuba City Flea Market and on Saturday the 26th at the Cameron Chapter House.

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A permit must be acquired by anyone harvesting firewood on the Kaibab National Forest. The 2019 firewood season runs from May 1 to Dec. 31 for the Tusayan Ranger District.

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Each person, with proper identification, may obtain permits for up to 30 cords per season of combined paid-use and free-use firewood. Ceremonial-use permits are also available, which authorize collection of two cords per individual.

It is important that a permit be acquired even for free-use areas as forest officials use the permits to track public demand and plan for future needs. Firewood from the National Forest is frequently used by local community and tribal members for heating, cooking and other critical purposes.

All firewood permits issued by the Kaibab National Forest will include a map and detailed cutting regulations as well as load tags.

The permits will only allow residents to harvest firewood from the Tusayan Ranger District.

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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