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      Cutting wood on National Forest land requires a permit

      With the extremely cold winter, U.S. Forest Service officials have noticed an increase in illegal firewood cutting activity on National Forest lands. Officials want to remind the community that a permit or contract is required to cut wood.

      In response the extremely cold winter, fuel wood permits are already for sale. For only $20 per permit, community members are able to cut five standard cords of down and dead wood. The permits do not authorize cutting of live trees.

      Those who do not comply could be fined a minimum of $250 for a timber theft violation.

      For more information, call the U.S. Forest Service office nearest to you:

      Manistique (906) 341-5666 Munising (906) 387-2512Rapid River (906) 474-6442Sault Ste. Marie (906) 635, 5311St. Ignace (906) 643-7900.