With winter coming, and many people bringing in firewood for the season, the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is reminding the public that a permit is required to allow an individual to collect and transport firewood from eligible Crown land for their personal use.

The Ministry says the permits are free, and that an application can be filled out online or people can visit their local natural resource district office to apply in person.

The completed permit will verify where it is legal for people to gather firewood within a particular natural resource district and how much firewood can legally be harvested.

“Cutting down trees on Crown land without an appropriate permit (or selling any such firewood) is illegal and could result in a violation ticket or fine,” the Ministry said.

“Unlawful firewood collection can create safety hazards for recreationalists and other forest users. It can also negatively affect ecosystems, including fish and wildlife habitat.”