The public is invited to cut certain downed trees at Versailles State Park for firewood through May 13.
Some trees that have died naturally and have been taken down by DNR staff or have blown down during storms will be available to cut and haul away for $10 per pickup truck load. The available trees are in designated roadside and public-use areas.
All revenue from these sales will be used for resource management and restoration efforts in the park, including the purchase and planting of replacement trees in campgrounds and picnic areas.
A firewood permit must be obtained for each load at the park office or gatehouse between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Permit sales and cutting end on May 13, 2016.
Wood may be cut and removed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (812) 689-6424. During winter, visitors should call ahead to check park road conditions.
Firewood cut at Versailles State Park is for personal use only.
The ban on transporting ash between Indiana counties is being removed because the emerald ash borer insect (EAB) is now widespread in the state. Regulatory tools and funding will be directed to other potential threats to forest resources.
Ash firewood can also be transported into all counties in Ohio and Kentucky.
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.
Firewood purchased and brought onto any DNR property should be under a compliance agreement. Compliance agreements can be obtained by firewood vendors by contacting the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology at 1-866- NO EXOTIC (1-866-663-9684).
Any ash firewood obtained at the property should be burned before spring (mid-April to early May at the latest) to help limit EAB movement within your home area. EAB larvae are generally dormant in the winter—living under the bark—and emerge in late spring as adult beetles. So, if the firewood is all gone, no EAB adults could emerge from the wood if the larvae are present. If you cannot use all the wood before spring (mid-April to early May), keep it completely covered while storing it.
Courtesy of Versailles State Park Assistant Property Manager Brad Walker.