Umatilla National Forest to offer firewood permits May 1

Umatilla National Forest to offer firewood permits May 1
UMATILLA NATIONAL FOREST NEWS RELEASE -- Personal-use firewood permits for the Umatilla National Forest will go on sale Thursday, May 1, according to Kevin Martin, Forest Supervisor. Permits are available at all Umatilla National Forest Offices and at several local vendors.

Firewood permits can be purchased for $5.00 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20. The maximum limit for personal-use firewood on the Umatilla National Forest is 12-cords-per-household-per-year.

Vendors will sell firewood permits in 4-cord packets. An additional vendor fee, up to $2, will be charged for each 4-cord, $20 firewood permit you purchase at a local vendor. “Our vendors provide a great service to the woodcutter by selling firewood permits at times more convenient to the public,” said Martin. Most vendors are open early mornings, late evenings and on the weekends. An additional fee is not charged if you purchase a permit at a Forest Service Office.

Beginning this season firewood cutters will be required to keep a record of the date, time, and quantity of firewood removed from the National Forest System Lands. A chart on the front of the permit called the “Product Quantity Removal Record” is provided to record the information. This new requirement will be enforced. Additional information can be found in the Firewood Guide that accompanies each permit.

Though woodcutting season traditionally opens May 1, soggy, saturated road conditions may make it difficult to access firewood this spring. Mountain travel will require extreme care to avoid getting stuck or causing extensive and illegal resource damage to the land and vegetation. Woodcutters are asked to:

• Contact the local Ranger District office before heading out to make sure the area you’re traveling to is accessible.
• Avoid driving off roads and onto wet, unstable ground or fragile meadow environments to load firewood.
• Be prepared! Pack additional food, water, clothing and other emergency supplies.
• Let someone know your destination and estimated time of return.

As we move into the hot, dry summer months, firewood cutting restrictions will be updated and posted on a recorded message at 1-877-958-9663. Restrictions will be announced by 6:00 pm on the day prior to the restriction(s) going into effect. Weekend restrictions will be announced by 6:00 pm on Friday. It is the public’s responsibility to check and see if there are any restrictions in place before cutting.” Call the appropriate Forest’s Firewood Hotline to check if firewood cutting is allowed, restricted to specific hours of the day, or prohibited. For more information on firewood cutting, please contact the Supervisor’s Office at (541) 278-3716 or your local District Office.

North Fork John Day Ranger District (541) 427-3231
Heppner Ranger District (541) 676-9187
Walla Walla Ranger District (509) 522-6290
Pomeroy Ranger District (509) 843-1891

Firewood season will end November 30, 2014 on the Umatilla National Forest.

Permits are available at all Umatilla National Forest Offices and at the following businesses:

Pendleton, OR

Southgate Mini-Mart

Pilot Rock, OR

Mentzer & Elliott
J&D’s Food Mart

Hermiston, OR

Smitty’s Ace Hardware

Heppner, OR

Heppner Shell

Ukiah, OR

Rhode’s Supply
Granny’s

Athena, OR

PGG

Tollgate, OR

Tollgate Store

Dayton, WA

Conoco General Store

Walla Walla, WA

CHS – Farmers Market