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Ponderosa pine firewood

The Coconino National Forest will begin selling firewood permits for the 2018 season on Friday, April 13, and the public may begin cutting on the following Saturday after the purchase of a permit.

The minimum cost for a permit is $20, which is good for four cords of wood and can be purchased at the following locations April 13 through mid-December each weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except federal holidays):

• Coconino NF Supervisor’s Office, 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff; 928-527-3600

• Flagstaff Ranger Station, across from the Flagstaff Mall at 5057 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff; 928-526-0866

• Red Rock Ranger Station, 8375 State Route 179, Sedona; 928-282-4119; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Visitor Center Open 7 days a week, but unable to sell permits on weekends.)

• Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, 8738 Ranger Road, Happy Jack; 928-477-2255; 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (No permits sold after 3:45 p.m.)

Additionally, the Verde Ranger Station, located on state Route 260 in Camp Verde, will begin selling fuelwood permits for the Coconino National Forest on Monday, April 16, on weekdays during business hours.

Each additional cord of wood, after purchasing a permit, is $5 up to a maximum of 12 cords per household for the season. A free-use permit may be obtained for specified areas of the forest, one per household each season, which allows up to five cords of down and dead wood to be gathered. There are currently no free use areas available, but they should become available throughout the season. 

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Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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