Northern Hills Ranger District Offering Free Use Firewood

Written by on October 22, 2018

Press Release – The Northern Hills Ranger District, located in Spearfish, SD, will be offering free use firewood through December 1, 2018 with a valid permit, in the Schoolhouse Gulch area near the SD-WY state line.

The District is offering firewood collection from recent forest management activities that were done to clean-up tornado damage. Officials urge the public to use caution and be aware of their surroundings as unforeseen hazards may exist.

The area is located off of Forest Service Road (FSR) 222 (Schoolhouse Gulch) and FSR 221.1E. Signs that say “Free Firewood Area: Tornado Salvage” are posted along the roads. (map attached).

A permit is required and can be obtained for the firewood area at any Forest Service District Office in the Black Hills.  The amount of free use firewood granted any user in any 1 year cannot exceed $20 in value or 4 cords.

Motorized vehicle use is allowed for collection, up to 300 feet, off Forest Service Roads, as shown on the motor vehicle use map (MVUM).

The District reserves the right to close the area as needed due to unforeseen circumstances such as extended moisture that may have impacts on resources. Note: This road is not plowed.

Commercial firewood cutters may not participate in the program.

Please call the Northern Hills Ranger District at (605) 642-4622 for more information about the free use firewood.

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