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As we move toward the winter months, BC residents are again being reminded there are regulations in place to ensure the collection of firewood on both private and crown land is done legally.

Firewood collection permits are free and allow British Columbians to collect and transport firewood for personal use from eligible crown lands.

They’re available at local natural resource district offices or online, and they must be signed and in your possession when harvesting firewood in legally designated areas.

Cutting down trees on crown lands, and/or selling harvested firewood without an appropriate permit is illegal and is subject to violation tickets or fines.

It can also create safety hazards and environmental problems and the public is encouraged to do its part in the enforcement of provincial or local harvesting regulations.

The province says anyone buying firewood should ask the person selling it, where it was harvested (crown or private land), and to produce a record of purchase.

If collected on private land, the buyer should ask the seller for the district lot number and timber mark number.

For firewood harvested on crown land, legitimate commercial firewood producers should have a “Forest Licence to Cut” document signed by an agent representing the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Meantime, moving to the South Peace, and an unrelated tree cutting issue, the Ministry has confirmed, that effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for Canfor’s Tree Farm Licence 48 near Chetwynd will be set at one million 550,000 m³ for five years, and then 871,000 for the next five.

In making the announcement, Chief Forester Diane Nicholls, also noted the new cut is 72% higher than the previous allowable annual cut set at 900,000 m³ in 2007.

Communities in the area include the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, and Chetwynd – where Canfor operates a sawmill.

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