Firewood available on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Temperatures are dropping; don’t forget to purchase a firewood permit from the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest.

These permits are for dead trees, both standing and down, and can be purchased throughout the year. They are $20 per cord, which is generally a 4’ by 4’ by 8’ pile of collected wood. The average half-ton pickup truck can carry about a half cord of dry wood.

Many areas are available for cutting and collecting. When you purchase a permit, it comes with a map that identifies these areas on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, located in Larimer County. Cutting and collecting cannot take place in certain areas, such as near campgrounds and picnic areas, in Wilderness areas, and within some project areas. Opportunities are district-wide but must occur within 125 feet of open roads on National Forest System lands. There is approximately a month and a half left until Forest Service Roads start closing for the season.

The firewood program is mutually beneficial. Permit holders get the wood they need and the Forest gets cleared of this dead material along roadways

To get your permit, come in to the Canyon Lakes Visitor Information Office in Fort Collins Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. It is always a good idea to call ahead at 970-295-6700 to make sure someone is available. The permit is valid for the calendar year in which it was purchased and must be with you when cutting occurs.