Collecting Firewood? Get Your Permit
Prince George, B.C, – so you want to head to the bush and collect some firewood to restock the woodpile. Well there are some rules about that.
Before you head out, you have to get a “Free Use Permit for Firewood” which verifies that gathering firewood is allowed in that area.
Cutting down trees on Crown land without the right permit (or selling any such firewood) is illegal and could result in a violation ticket or fine.
Over the past 18 months, natural resource officers from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have issued $14,878 worth of violation tickets related to unauthorized wood harvesting. The government has also collected $156,179 in administrative penalties from unauthorized commercial ventures.
So here are the rules about gathering firewood or buying firewood:
Firewood collection permits:
* A Free Use Permit for Firewood costs nothing and allows an individual to collect and transport firewood from eligible Crown land for their personal use.
* This firewood permit is available at local natural resource district offices or online at: www.gov.bc.ca/firewoodpermits
* The permit must be signed and carried by the person who is collecting the firewood.
* To find out where firewood harvesting is prohibited in B.C. (for example, on lands set aside for conservation purposes or another public use), contact the local natural resource district office.
* For each natural resource district, the firewood permits and associated documents describe the areas where firewood collection is permitted, allowable collection methods and the amount of firewood that can legally be harvested.
* Anyone buying firewood should ask where the firewood comes from (Crown land or private land) and ask for a record of purchase.
* For firewood that’s been harvested on private land, the buyer should ask the seller for the district lot number and timber mark number.
* For firewood that’s been harvested on Crown land, legitimate commercial firewood producers should have a “Forestry Licence to Cut” document signed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.