Friday, September 29, 2006
Montana is fortunate to have 75 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) totaling approximately 350,000 acres for wildlife habitat during the critical winter months and for recreational users to enjoy throughout much of the year.
"With the onset of fall and cooler weather, FWP reminds users of WMAs that firewood cutting for off-site use is prohibited on these lands that are so important for wildlife winter survival," said Steve Knapp, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks habitat bureau chief. The prohibition includes all trees, whether dead or alive, standing or downed.
A variety of species use live and dead trees for habitat, including security cover and nesting. The removal of dead and downed trees may compromise the quality of wildlife habitat on the state's WMAs.
Firewood cutting rules on national forests and other public lands differ and in some cases permits are required, so please check with your local land management agency before cutting firewood.