The state closed the Rosie Creek logging road off the Parks Highway Thursday, saying that people had been using it to illegally cut large white spruce for firewood.
This area has not been open to firewood cutting since last October. In the past birch and aspen cutting had been allowed.
Some of the spruce trees that were cut had already been sold by the state to a commercial buyer through a bid process. There are also reports that illegal cutting of large white spruce is taking place in several other areas off the Parks Highway and off Chena Hot Springs Road.
A state press release says there are areas where firewood cutting is allowed:
Currently there are seven firewood lots in the Fairbanks Area: Bonanza Creek, Mosquito Creek, Nenana Ridge, Skinny’s, Two Rivers, Cache Creek, and Standard Creek. Forestry has worked to locate the lots in areas that are convenient for access. When you purchase a Personal-Use Firewood Cutting Permit you will have the opportunity to print out a map of the designated firewood cutting lots.
Click HERE to access the online Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permits . Permits are available at the office (3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks). Brochures are also available with more information.
Permits cost $10.00/cord. There is a three cord minimum and a 10 cord maximum per family per year for the Personal Use Firewood Cutting permit. Wood cut according to this permit is for personal use only and cannot be sold or bartered.
Anyone interested in commercial timber sales should call or stop by the Fairbanks office to see what the Division currently has to offer. Additional information is available on the Division of Forestry firewood program web site or call Fairbanks Area at 907-451-2600.