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Firewood Permits Available At McCormick's Creek SP
Updated March 22, 2016 11:05 AM
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(MCCORMICK CREEK) - A limited number of permits for firewood cutting at McCormick's Creek State Park are available.

Several hazard trees have been removed, and the public is invited to cut and haul away the remaining material for $10 per pickup truck load. The available trees are in designated roadside and public-use areas.

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.

A firewood permit must be obtained for each load at the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, including weekends.

Permit sales and cutting will continue until park management deems it necessary to stop.

Wood may be cut and removed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., daily. For more information, call (812) 829-2235. Firewood cut at the park is for personal use only.

The ban on transporting ash between Indiana counties is being removed because the emerald ash borer insect (EAB) is now widespread in the state. Regulatory tools and funding will be directed to other potential threats to forest resources. Maps that illustrate the distribution of EAB are at dnr.IN.gov/entomolo/5349.htm.

Rules for bringing firewood to DNR properties remain in place. You can view these rules atfirewood.dnr.IN.gov.

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 affected areas. "Long-distance movement" is moving beyond the immediate county or surrounding counties.

It is recommended that 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 your home area. EAB larvae are generally dormant in the winter--living under the bark--and emerge in late spring as adult beetles. If you cannot use all the wood before spring (mid-April to early May), keep it covered while storing it.

McCormick's Creek State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2978.htm) is at 250 McCormick's Creek Park Road, Spencer, 47460.



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