Firewood permits available on Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are encouraging homeowners and others in need of firewood for the winter season to visit their local ranger district offices to apply for a permit.

Firewood permits for personal use are available in many areas of the Arkansas and Oklahoma forests.

The $20 minimum firewood permit fee allows an individual or a family to cut and remove approximately 3 or 4 cords of firewood, depending on the national forest. The permits are issued for specific areas identified by local Ranger Districts and are issued in limited numbers based on availability and accessibility.

In an effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that feeds on and kills all varieties of ash trees, permit holders in Arkansas must abide by the Arkansas State Plant Board’s emergency quarantine of the following 33 counties: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Clay, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Drew, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Sevier, Sharp, and Union.

The movement of ash items including nursery stock and firewood are banned in these quarantined areas.

Oklahoma forestry officials recently discovered the borer in northeastern Oklahoma and have plans to restrict the movement of ash in that part of the state. Oklahoma Forestry Services urges Oklahomans not to move firewood, but instead to buy it where they are going to burn it. Don’t take firewood to a campsite, and don’t bring firewood home. If someone has already transported firewood, they should burn it all completely.

For more information on the Ash Borer infestation in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Forestry Commission website at: www.forestry.arkansas.gov and in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Forestry Services website at: www.forestry.ok.gov/56. National information concerning the borer can be obtained at www.emeraldashborer.info/.

To identify firewood cutting areas on the national forest, call the nearest Ranger District office for more information.

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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

City

Ranger District Office

Address

Phone

Clarksville, AR

Pleasant Hill Ranger District

2591 Hwy 21 North

479-754-2864

Hector, AR

Big Piney Ranger District – South

12000 SR 27

479-284-3150

Jasper, AR

Big Piney Ranger District – North

Hwy 7 North

479-446-5122

Marianna, AR

St. Francis National Forest

2675 Hwy 44

870-295-5278

Mountain View, AR

Sylamore Ranger District

1001 E. Main

870-269-3228

Ozark, AR

Boston Mountain Ranger District

1803 N. 18th Street

479-667-2191

Paris, AR

Mt. Magazine Ranger District

3001 E. Walnut

479-963-3076

 

Ouachita National Forest

City

Ranger District Office

Address

Phone

Booneville, AR

Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District

2190 E. Main Street

479-675-3233

Hochatown, OK

Oklahoma Ranger District

259A South

580-494-6402

Hodgen, OK

Oklahoma Ranger District

52175 US Hwy 59

918-653-2991

Jessieville/Perryville, AR

Jessieville-Winona-Fourche Ranger District

8607 N. Hwy 7

501-984-5313

Mena/Oden, AR

Mena-Oden Ranger District

1603 Hwy 71 North

479-394-2382

Mt. Ida, AR

Caddo-Womble Ranger District

1523 Hwy 270 E.

870-867-2101

Waldron, AR

Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District

Hwy 71 South

479-637-4174