Contact(s): Clinch Ranger District (276) 328-2931

Wise, Va ---The U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Clinch Ranger District office, is relocating on October 9, 2013. The new location, a 10-minute drive from the current office in Wise VA, is located at 1700 Park Ave. SW, Norton, VA 24273. Firewood permits, recreation information, and other services usually provided at the District office, will not be available from Wednesday, October 2 through Tuesday October 8, 2013, due to the move. The new location will open for business on Wednesday, October 9. The phone number will change to (276) 679-8370.

The last day the public can obtain wood permits, recreation information, or other services at the current location in Wise is Tuesday, October 1. Firewood permits will not be available from Wednesday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 8. Recreation information is available on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest website .

Approximately 20 employees work in the Clinch Ranger District office and manage 91,462 of acres of National Forest System lands in Scott, Wise, Lee, and Dickenson counties in Virginia, and Letcher and Pike counties in Kentucky.

The facility in Wise will remain as a work center for employees. In the next five years, the Forest Service plans to remodel the previous building and move the Clinch Ranger District office back to Wise.