Bucks County Herald

Nockamixon Park issues firewood collection permits

Nockamixon State Park is providing $20 permits to collect firewood in the main day-use area of the park.
Removal of the wood will help the park clean up picnic areas after a timber salvage operation. Anyone interested in firewood must fill out a firewood permit at the park office.

Permit-holders then will be directed to the wood. Permittees will have to cut the wood to length so that it can be handled and hauled away. Free wood chips can be picked up at the upper fishing pier parking lot. It is advised the park office be contacted to ensure that permits are still available.

Nockamixon is located within the Spotted Lantern Fly Quarantine Area. While transport of firewood and host debris (e.g. wood chips) is permitted within the quarantine zone, permit holders should not transport the materials to areas beyond the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area boundaries. Contact the state Department of Agriculture (agriculture.pa.gov) and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

The timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees within a 1½ tree-lengths from roads, picnic areas and high use areas.

“White ash is a significant component of the forested stands within and surrounding the Nockamixon State Park. Unfortunately, they will be dramatically impacted by the emerald ash borer, an invasive wood-boring insect,” said Nockamixon State Park Manager Obie Derr. “This non-native invasive insect kills nearly every ash tree in a forest stand once it becomes infected, leaving dead and dying trees in its wake. Decline of ash trees after infestation is quite dramatic and cannot be reversed; the only option is to remove the trees that are safety hazards for park visitors.”

The park office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 215-529-7300.

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