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Contact: Dana Dierkes, 559-565-3131
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS -- Approximately 25 cords of surplus wood is available by permit to the public on a first-come, first-served basis in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park starting on Friday, September 2, until the supply is gone or through October 26 at 12 noon, when this area closes for the season. Firewood permits must be obtained before wood can be removed. To obtain a permit, stop at the Mineral King Ranger Station and request assistance from a ranger from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily. Permits are free with a limit of 10 cords per family or business per year. Permits are in effect for 30 days or until the Mineral King area is closed for the season. Contact Ranger Barr at the Mineral King Ranger Station at (559) 565-3763 for more info about wood permits and availability. (Note: This wood is from trees deemed to be potential hazards to visitors or property in the vicinity of campgrounds, buildings, and roads.)
Permits must be displayed at all times. The cutting and removal of wood is permitted seven days a week, but only during daylight hours. Purchase permits for only what you can haul, as wood cannot be reserved.
The National Park Service is concerned about visitor safety and the protection of park resources during woodcutting operations. Cutting or collection of any trees or wood other than identified in the permit and located in approved woodlots is prohibited. All equipment needs to be in good working order, and the use of proper personal protective equipment, such as leather gloves, eye protection, and chaps is strongly encouraged. It is recommended that an additional person be present while someone is cutting wood in order to act as a spotter and to assist in loading wood. Chainsaws need to be equipped with a spark arrester, and exhaust systems need to be in good repair. The wood consists mostly of large logs, so a chainsaw with at least a 32-inch bar is recommended. Permittees are required to keep a serviceable round point shovel at least 46 inches long and an UL-approved fire extinguisher (two-pound dry chemical or one-pound foam type –ABC or greater) within 25 feet of where saws are being operated.