Downed trees may be both the cause of, and part of the solution to, the weather troubles experienced by the North Olympic Peninsula this winter.
Up to six cords of fallen and dead firewood per family can be collected for free through April 15 on three state Department of Natural Resources trust lands in Clallam and Jefferson counties, the department has announced.
The free permits were made available because of the rampant power outages in the area and the need for some to heat their houses by burning in wood stoves.
“With all the foul weather this year it gives us the opportunity, where possible, to help the local communities,” said department spokeswoman Jane Chavey.
“That’s the only reason.”
The locations are in previously harvested timber sale areas.