Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Public Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of April 3-6

We have multiple locations for firewood cutting this Easter long weekend.  Not every location is open for the four days - please read carefully.

In Nanoose Bay: Volunteer Nanaimo will be selling permits at our Northwest Bay gate off the Island Highway.  This is a community fundraiser.  They will be selling April 3-6.

In South Nanaimo:  The Pauline Haarer PAC will be selling permits at our site off of Extension Road near the intersection with Virostko Road.  This is a community fundraiser.  They will be selling April 3-6.

In Chemainus:  The Ladysmith Sportsman Club will be selling permits at our Copper Canyon gate off MacMillan Road.  This is a community fundraiser.  They will be selling April 3-4.

These sites will open for permit sales at 9am and sales will end at 3pm.  Individuals will be allowed to continue cutting until 4pm.

A permit is valid for a truckload of firewood; each permit costs $30 cash.

In order to purchase a permit, you must demonstrate you have the correct safety gear with you as you travel in.  This includes stable, closed-toe footwear, eye protection and chainsaw pants/chaps.  Hearing protection is recommended.

You can travel in and out cutting up to three loads per day for personal use.

For non-fundraiser firewood:

In Shawnigan (Glenora):  Firewood permits can be purchased at the Regional Visitor Information Center in Duncan, next to the Forest Discovery Center.  Their hours fluctuate in the spring months; we advise you call ahead to make sure they are open when you plan to visit to purchase a permit - 1-888-303-3337.  See the gate opening post for information on gate timing.

In Port Alberni:  Firewood permits can be purchased at the Visitor Information Center at the east side of town.  The hours can fluctuate so give them a call first at 250-724-6535 to see if they are open.  They will provide a map to three areas open for firewood cutting close to town.

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