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Firewood Permits Available At Brown County State Park
Updated March 3, 2016 6:45 AM
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(BROWN CO.) - The public is invited to cut certain downed trees at Brown County State Park for firewood starting March 4 and ending April 15, 2016.

The property needs assistance with removing several specific downed trees in areas where fiber optic line will be laid later this spring. Individuals willing to cut in those specific areas will be able to obtain a permit at no charge.

Some trees that have died naturally and have been taken down by DNR staff or have blown down during storms will be available to cut and haul away for $10 per pickup truck load. The available trees are in designated roadside and public-use areas.

A firewood permit must be obtained for each load at the park office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

All revenue from these sales will be used for resource management and restoration efforts in the park, including the purchase and planting of replacement trees in campgrounds and picnic areas.

Wood may be cut and removed between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., daily. For more information, call (812) 988-6406.

Firewood cut at Brown County State Park is for personal use only.

The ban on transporting ash between Indiana counties is being removed because the emerald ash borer (EAB) insect is now widespread in the state. Regulatory tools and funding will be directed to other potential threats to forest resources.

Rules for bringing firewood to DNR properties remain in place. The DNR does not recommend long-distance movement of firewood of any species due to the potential for moving other insect pests and tree diseases beyond locally impacted areas. "Long-distance movement" is moving beyond the immediate county or surrounding counties.

Firewood purchased and brought onto any DNR property should be under a compliance agreement. Compliance agreements can be obtained by firewood vendors by contacting the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology at 1-866-NO EXOTIC (1-866-663-9684).

Any ash firewood obtained at the property should be burned before spring (mid-April to early May at the latest) to help limit EAB movement within the buyer's home area. EAB larvae are generally dormant in the winter--living under the bark--and emerge in late spring as adult beetles. So, if the firewood is all gone, no EAB adults could emerge from the wood if the larvae are present. If you cannot use all the wood before spring (mid-April to early May), keep it completely covered while storing it.



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