Folsom/El Dorado News

Free woodcutting event canceled due to anticipated snowstorm

A predicted snowstorm has led the U.S. Forest Service to cancel a planned free woodcutting event this weekend in the Wrights Lake Recreation Area of the Eldorado National Forest.

Forest Service officials noted that local forecasts indicate up to 11 inches of snow may fall at higher elevations, with accumulations starting at the 4,000 foot elevation.

“Consideration for the safety of the public and our staff is the reason this decision was made,” Richard Thornburgh, district ranger for the Pacific Ranger District, said in a written statement. “We are thankful for the help provided by members of the public during last weekend’s event. Approximately 43 cords of wood were removed from the recreation site to provide heat for members of the community.”

The Forest Service had planned two weekends of free woodcutting as part of a cleanup effort after extremely high winds last winter downed more than 200 trees.

Due to the success of last weekend’s event, more free woodcutting dates may be scheduled this fall or next spring, as conditions permit, according to a Forest Service news release. Information will be posted on the Eldorado National Forest website.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.