Fuelwood cutting permits may be purchased at the Eagle Lake Ranger District Office, located at 477-050 Eagle Lake Road near the intersection of Highway 36 and County Road A-1, three miles west of Susanville. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Woodcutters should call the 24-hour number, (530) 257-4188, to find out if any current restrictions apply.
The Forest reminds drivers that road conditions remain saturated and soft in many areas creating conditions where vehicles can easily become stuck. Drivers who venture onto the National Forest are asked to exercise sound judgment and be cautious when navigating on forest roads. Neglecting to do so in certain instances could put drivers at risk for being liable and cited by law enforcement for user-created resource damage.
“Warmer weather is helping to dry out roads but road conditions are still soft” said Eagle Lake Small Sales Officer Rickie Crowther. “, Many areas that may have been accessible in the recent past will not be due to saturated soils. Woodcutters and visitors should also be cautious of road damage from this winter’s abundant moisture. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Lassen National Forest.”
Fuelwood cutters are reminded to stay on roads and trails, as traveling cross-country with motor vehicles to scout for wood is prohibited. Woodcutters are allowed to leave a Forest road to gather firewood with a valid wood permit, only if this activity does not harm natural resources.
Woodcutting is not allowed in timber sale areas or other commercial operations marked with “No Woodcutting” signs. Trees marked with paint outside of posted areas may not be cut or removed, including those on the ground, except for downed lodgepole pine.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.
Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.
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