Jasonville, Ind. ( February 12, 2016)– The public is invited to cut certain downed trees at Shakamak State Park for personal firewood starting February 15 and ending April 1, 2016.
Some trees that have died naturally and have been taken down by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff or have blown down during storms. They will be available to cut and haul away for $10 per pickup truck load. Those available trees will be in designated roadside and public-use areas.
A firewood permit must be obtained for each load at the Shakamak State Park office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Revenue from these sales will be used for resource management and for restoration efforts in the park, including the purchase and planting of replacement trees in campgrounds and picnic areas.
The wood may be cut and removed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (812) 665-2158.
The ban on transporting ash between Indiana counties is being removed because the emerald ash borer insect (EAB) is now widespread throughout the state.
The DNR does not recommend long-distance movement of firewood of any species due to the potential for moving other insect pests and tree diseases beyond locally impacted areas. “Long-distance movement” is moving beyond the immediate county or surrounding counties.
Firewood purchased and brought onto any DNR property should be under a compliance agreement. Compliance agreements can be obtained by firewood vendors by contacting the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology at 1-866-NO EXOTIC (1-866-663-9684).
Any ash firewood obtained at the property should be burned before spring (mid-April to early May at the latest) to help limit EAB movement within your home area. EAB larvae are generally dormant in the winter—living under the bark—and emerge in late spring as adult beetles. So, if the firewood is all gone, no EAB adults could emerge from the wood if the larvae are present. If you cannot use all the wood before spring (mid-April to early May), keep it completely covered while storing it.
Shakamak State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2969.htm) is located at 6265 W. State Road 48, Jasonville, IN 47438.