The Methow Valley Ranger District has decided to limit the season for firewood gathering to reduce damage to roads in the spring and lessen the impact on other resources. By limiting the season for firewood gathering to May 1 to Dec. 31, the district is now consistent with most other ranger districts in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, all of which prohibit firewood cutting in the winter and early spring. Only the Tonasket Ranger District will still allow year-round firewood gathering.

The district has also changed the rules for cutting Western larch to ensure that live trees are not harvested by mistake after their needles turn yellow. Cutting western larch is now prohibited beginning Nov. 15 of each year.

The changes come after input from the public and staff.

The new rules take effect this year. Permits will only be available during the open period for cutting firewood.