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Woodcutting in the El Dorado National Forest?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Mr A, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    Hi. Any one have experience with wood cutting permits in the National Forest? I'm scrounging up next winter's heat and came across this info. I will probably take a drive up soon on an upcoming weekend to scout it out. Secret stuff, but you can always PM me. I have gas money and labor, lack equipment.
    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/documents/rogs/rog_fuelwood.pdf

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Cutting on National land is pretty much the same as on State land. Do scout it out though and you might find you have to do some work to get burnable stuff out to the roadways because that next to the roads gets picked up quite fast in most areas. Also be very choosy on the downed stuff because if it is on the ground, it rots or turns punky really quick. If it has even started to turn to punk, I'd leave it, but, some folks get it anyway. It will burn but you won't get much heat and you have to consider if you are hauling it, you won't get much for your dollars. It doesn't take any more time to cut good wood as to cut marginal or bad wood so put your time and dollars into getting good stuff. Good luck.
  3. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    I saw an episode of "Dirty Jobs" they were cutting trees and using mules to move the logs around. I'm finding that my new stove is going to take a bit of investment in tools and equipment to keep it burning.
  4. blacktail

    blacktail Feeling the Heat

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    I have to disagree. It varies by state and ranger district. Where I'm at the permit process is very different between state land and national forest. Without going into too much detail I'll just say that the local NF district is much more strict than the state's regional office. Both still provide a fair opportunity to cut wood.
    For cutting in a national forest, I'd study their wood cutting rules online and then stop by the ranger station for that district.
  5. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Hey Backwoods, your thoughts on cutting trees that are laying down. I recently cut a cherry that was really solid except for about a half inch on the botttom few inches where it touched the ground. how will that affect the rest of the wood seasoning?

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