People invited to cut certain downed trees at Mississinewa Lake

The public is invited to cut certain downed trees in designated areas at Mississinewa Lake for firewood.

Trees eligible for firewood have fallen as a result of natural causes or have been dropped by property staff. They are along roadsides or in public areas such as campsites and picnic areas.

Permit sales and cutting begin Jan. 2 and end Feb. 24. There is a cost, charged per pickup-truck load. All proceeds will be used for resource management and restoration efforts, including replacement of trees in campgrounds and other public areas.

Permits are available at the property office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. A firewood permit must be obtained for each load. Permits are not available on observed state holidays or weekends.

Wood may be cut and removed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cutting is not allowed on observed state holidays or weekends. Firewood from state parks is for personal use only and cannot be sold.

Firewood cutters must wear helmets, chaps, gloves, leather boots and hearing and eye protection.

Firewood may be cut up to 30 feet from roadsides in designated areas; however, vehicles are not allowed off roads. The use of tractors, UTVs and ATVs is prohibited.

The ban on transporting ash between Indiana counties no longer exists because the emerald ash borer insect is now widespread in the state.

Rules for bringing firewood to DNR properties remain in place. 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.

For more information, call 765-473-6528, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays. Mississinewa Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/ 2955.htm) is located at 4673S-625E, Peru.