Forest Service issues free-use firewood permits for Luther Pass Overflow Campground

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will issue free-use firewood permits for the Luther Pass Overflow Campground on Highway 89 South, for collection through June 30, 2013. Permits are available at the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe.

The free-use permit has specific conditions and complete information with map is provided when the permit is issued. The permit is for collection of “down-dead” wood or firewood that is piled in slash piles from previous forest thinning. “Down-dead” means the tree is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing. Cutting any standing tree, whether dead or green, is not allowed.

No off-road travel is allowed and permit holders must comply with all permit conditions.

Campers are advised that firewood gathering activities, including chainsaw use and trucks hauling firewood, will occur in and around the campground area through June 30, 2013.

For more information, call the Forest Supervisor’s office at (530) 543-2694. The LTBMU Forest Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.