Firewood Cutting Do's and Dont's in the Creston Community Forest Area
Public Notification: Firewood Cutting Do’s and Don’ts
The CCF has been experiencing illegal firewood cutting over the past couple of weeks, specifically in the Big Bear Brook wildfire risk reduction treatment area. Let’s work together to ensure these forested areas are safely and sustainably managed for the future of our community.
Here are some helpful tips to brush up on when cutting firewood for personal use in the CCF:
Do: 1. Request PERMISSION from the Forest Manager, Daniel Gratton of the Creston Community Forest, before cutting a tree within this area-based tenure by email at: email@example.com
2. On an annual basis read, understand, fill out, sign and carry this free permit at all times while cutting or transporting firewood after you received permission from our Forest Manager, Daniel Gratton: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/.../selkirk_free_use_permit.pdf
3. If you are selling firewood do apply for a Forestry Licence to Cut with the Ministry of Forests, Selkirk District: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/forest-tenures/timber-harvesting-rights/licence-to-cut/forestry-licence-to-cut?keyword=license&keyword=to&keyword=cut
4. Do work safely, preferably in pairs.
5. Only dead or downed trees may be cut for firewood.
6. Do leave decaying wood in place, they add to ecosystem function.
7. If purchasing firewood, ask where it came from to help keep firewood poachers accountable.
8. Do prevent the spread of insects, fungi, and other pathogens.
Do Not: 1. Do not cut any tree that has wildlife habitat characteristics as identified on the permit, or “WT” for Wildlife Tree, painted on it.
2. Do not cut green trees for access.
3. Do not leave garbage in the forest.
4. Do not drive through the ditchline into a treatment area.
5. Do not cut trees in an active treatment area.