Fall Means Firewood & Hunting In The James River & Warm Springs Ranger Districts

Warm Springs, VA – For many fall means firewood and hunting. District Ranger Patrick Sheridan has this monthly report from the James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts.

The Warm Springs and James River Ranger District are directing the public to some newly available firewood cutting areas. These areas are open from October 1 – 25. On the Warm Springs Ranger District, the Robinson Lane timber sale area is available for firewood and is located west of SR 220 near the Highland – Bath county line.

The Cubville timber sale area is south of Burnsville and west of SR 209 and is also available for public firewood cutting. A valid firewood permit is necessary to collect firewood on National Forest land. Vehicles are not permitted to leave the roadway or travel off road.

Permits are available, from the James River District office in Covington and the Warm Springs office in Hot Springs between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Permits cost $20.00 for approximately six cords of wood. Call the Warm Springs or James River Ranger Districts for more information.

The Beards Mountain Bridge, also known as the Walton Tract Bridge, and the Beards Mountain Spur Trail is closed from October 1 – 31 while repairs are made to the decking and rails on the bridge. Tri County Construction was the winning bidder. Funding for this project is available from The Recovery Act.

Currently, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fish have open hunting seasons for goose, squirrel, and coyote. Bow season opened on October 2 for bear, deer, turkey, and bobcat. Gun season opens for turkey and grouse on October 23. Muzzle loading season opens for bucks on October 30. Rabbit season opens on October 30. Bobcat bow season closes on October 30. Consult the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fish 2010 hunting and trapping regulations for more information.

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