The Glacier View Ranger District will open approximately 7.5 miles of road for personal-use firewood gathering in the McGinnis Creek drainage. This will allow temporary access for firewood cutting on roads that are normally used for administrative purposes. The area will be open from daybreak Friday, September 18, until midnight Tuesday October 13, 2015. The National Forest Service Roads (NFSR) to be opened are #5224 (Depuy Ridge) and #5224D and #5224E which are behind the gate on Rd. #5224. These roads are accessed from the McGinnis Creek Road #803, approximately 7 miles in from the North Fork Road (County Road 486).
A Forest Service personal-use firewood permit is required and is available for a minimum of 4 cords of firewood for $20.00. Woodcutters must have their permit with them while collecting wood and fill it out as required. For more information on permits please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/flathead/passes-permits/. Please read all terms and conditions written on your permit. These include:
-Clear the road surface and ditches of tree tops and limbs when you are done cutting firewood
and scatter or pile the material off of the roadway.
-Do not obstruct roadway
-All vehicles must remain on the road surface.
The area will be monitored by Forest Service personnel, as in previous years. Resource damage, such as the loss of marked trees, road damage or the creation of unsafe conditions could result in the closure of this area for firewood cutting. Public cooperation has been excellent in past years, and we ask firewood cutters using the area to help continue to make this opportunity a success.
Information about the woodcutting area as well as firewood permits, are available from the Hungry Horse Ranger District Office, 406/387-3800.