Lets talk wood, trees, firewood, lumber.
When you buy property here, you are instantly the owner
of your own timber, or trees. If you want to cut down some
trees, get a chain saw. Thats it, no permits, just
start cutting. If you want to have it timbered, as in have
a logging company come in & strip it bare, you can,
but the timber company will need to get a couple of permits
to do it. They WILL be given, as theres no woodlands
here that are privately owned that the Owner cant
cut trees on.
When it comes to firewood, generally nobody cuts down any
trees, because there is always plenty of deadfall (trees
that have fallen on the ground already) to choose from &
use for firewood that are already semi dried for you. Any
tree thats laying on the ground directly will rot
out quick, and be real wet. If the tree is suspended at
all off of the ground, it can lay there for years &
not rot at all. So; look for downed trees that are held
off the ground, even an inch is enough space between the
ground & the tree to keep it from getting wet.
If you have a property that doesnt have enough firewood
on it, and you want to harvest some of your own, go to the
National Forest Service Offices in Coeurdalene or
Sandpoint, and get a firewood cutting permit. They charge
$5.00 per cord, youhave to cut either deadfall or standing
dead trees (no live ones) & you have to buy a minimum
of 4 cords ($20.00) & take a maximum of 12 cords per
year, & I dont know many people who would use
more than that.
Gathering Firewood - Your Firewood Permit
To cut firewood for personal use on National Forest lands
in Idaho, you must have a Personal Use Firewood Permit.
At $5.00 per cord, you can purchase a permit for no less
than four cords ($20) and no more than twelve ($60). A permit
is good for gathering firewood from the time of purchase
through March 31. You are only allowed to haul firewood
up to 6 feet in length. Anything longer must be approved
in writing by the Forest Service. Permits are available
at Forest Service offices.
Taxes & Trees:
When you buy any property here that is over 5 acres, you
can get a Timber Exemption from the County that will lower
your taxes drastically on the property. When you do this,
you are basically promising to not timber, or log the property;
if you decide TO log the property, you will owe back taxes
on the property. So, everybody has a timber exemption, and
very few people log their land/s.
Hope it helps-