As demand for firewood increases, so does illegal cutting

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FAIRBANKS — Commercial logger Jeff Ward doesn’t mind it when people ask him if they can cut firewood on one of the state or borough timber sale areas he purchased in Two Rivers, about 25 miles east of Fairbanks off Chena Hot Springs Road. In fact, most times he’ll go ahead and let them cut some firewood, as long as they do it where he tells them.

It’s the people who don’t ask that rattle the cage of his skid steer.

“If they come out and ask, I’ll point them to a slash pile they can cut,” said Ward, who when decked out in dirty, black Carhartts from head to toe has the look of a logger. “I don’t get too many people asking.” KEEP READING >>