MAKANDA – Residents of Jackson and Union counties in southern Illinois can collect firewood for personal use from designated areas within Giant City State Park beginning Feb. 1.
According to a press release, site staff recently removed hazard and ash trees impacted by the emerald ash borer from the campgrounds and day-use areas of the park. Although the firewood is available for free, a permit and waiver must be completed before removing any wood from the park. Forms are available at the park visitor center between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
Only one permit is available per person per day, with up to four permits total per person allowed. The firewood is available for personal use only; it may not be resold.
For more information, contact the Giant City State Park visitor center, 235 Giant City Road in Makanda, at 618-457-4836.