Free firewood cutting for personal use is now allowed by permit in designated areas on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area through Nov. 30. Mt. Haggin WMA is about 10 miles south of Anaconda.
Anyone who wishes to gather firewood on the WMA must first obtain a permit at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Butte Area Resource Office, 1820 Meadowlark Ln., in Butte. They must also abide by the following rules:
- The designated area to cut firewood on Mt. Haggin WMA is along any roads that are open for motorized travel. If you are uncertain which roads are open for motorized travel, please refer to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest travel map.
- Trees can be cut on either side of the road as long as:
- It is within one tree length of the road.
- It is not within a stream or riparian area.
- There is no off-road driving.
- Only standing trees that are dead or beetle infested can be cut down.
- Removal of standing trees, live or dead, in all other areas of the WMA is prohibited.
- Firewood gatherers must have a permit with them when cutting trees on the WMA.
- Lop and scatter slash away from roads, ditches and streams.
- There is no limit to the amount of firewood that can be gathered by the permit holder. However, firewood must be for personal use only. Commercial use of this firewood is prohibited.
Roads on a portion of the WMA will open May 15. For more information, contact FWP’s Butte Area Resource Office at 406-494-1953.
(via MT FWP)