OAKLEY, Idaho (KLIX)-Free firewood permits are now available to people after a recent sage-grouse habitat project was completed south of Oakley.

The Sawtooth National Forest announced the availability of free firewood permits after people had asked if wood from the Goose Creek Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project was completed near the Oakley-Bostetter road; roughly 3,000 acres of juniper trees were cut.

In a statement the Forest Service said,"Removal of the wood material would further enhance the effectiveness of the overall treatment goals and with that in mind, District Ranger Randy Thompson has authorized the issuance of free firewood permits within the treatment area to remove trees which have already been cut down."

Permits and maps are available from the Minidoka Ranger District office in Burley for the project area. Officials say free wood permits are limited to four cords per household and all firewood permit regulations will apply.

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