Do you need firewood? Get a permit, cut down trees in Ouabache State Park

BLUFFTON, Indiana (WANE) – At Ouabache State Park, you can stock up on firewood and get a permit to cut down the trees in one place.

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that the public has until March 31 to obtain permits into the state park and to cut down trees that have fallen naturally or were dropped by property workers. The trees can be found by the roadside or at picnic areas or campsites in Ouabache.

Firewood can be cut up to 30 feet from the curb in these designated areas. According to the DNR, vehicles are not allowed to veer off the road, a rule that also extends to tractors, UTVs and ATVs.

A pickup truck load of lumber costs $10, and DNR said all proceeds go to resource management and restoration efforts, including replacing trees in campgrounds and other public areas.

Permits needed for each charge can be obtained at the state park office Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., according to the DNR. Wood can be cut and removed on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The wood may only be cut for personal use, not for sale, DNR said. Do you need firewood? Get a permit, cut down trees in Ouabache State Park

Dais Johnston

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