Fuelwood cutting and removal will be allowed by permit only this fall on the Lamar Haines Wildlife Area, located 12 miles northwest of Flagstaff off Snowbowl Road. The area encompasses Veit Springs and the popular hiking trail to it.
The permits are free to the public and can be obtained at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Flagstaff office at 3500 S. Lake Mary Road, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wood cutting season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 15.
The permits come with several requirements:
• All permit holders must sign agreement and waiver of liability forms and carry the agreement form with them while cutting, gathering and transporting firewood.
• Fuelwood cutting is for personal use only and the wood may not be sold. The permit is only issued for the Lamar Haines Wildlife Area and does not include other department wildlife areas, public or private lands.
• Vehicle access is authorized only within the wildlife area while actively engaged in wood cutting and gathering, no off-road driving is allowed.
• Fuelwood cutting is only for dead and down wood, no live standing or dead standing wood may be cut.
• All permit holders must be 18 years or older.
The purpose of the wood removal is to decrease the threat of a catastrophic wildfire, protect the area’s unique cultural and historical value and improve the area’s wildlife habitat.