Personal-use firewood permits for the Umatilla National Forest will go on sale Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Forest Service offices and several local vendors.

Firewood permits can be purchased for $5 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.

Local 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 purchased at a local vendor. A list of vendors is available on the Forest website.

“Our vendors provide a great service to our woodcutters by selling firewood permits at times more convenient to the public,” said Eric Watrud, Forest Supervisor. 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.

Firewood cutters are required to carry an axe, a shovel, an 8 oz. capacity or larger fire extinguisher, and have their chainsaw equipped with an approved spark arrester when cutting wood.

Much of the Umatilla National Forest is still not accessible due to mud, snow or snow drifts. As a result, the public won’t necessarily be able to travel on all of the same roads that typically are accessible this time of year. Forest visitors are asked to use 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.

Tribal members exercising their Treaty rights are reminded that permits are not required but they should be in possession of valid enrollment identification when cutting or transporting firewood.

As we move into the hot, dry summer months, Public Use Restrictions (PURs) may be implemented. Restrictions will be announced by 6PM on the day prior to the restriction(s) going into effect. Weekend restrictions will be announced by 6PM on Friday. An updated recording at 1-877-958-9663 will let you know if firewood cutting is: allowed all day; restricted to specific hours (i.e. 1PM chainsaw shutdown); restricted to specific areas of the Forest; or closed completely due to wildfire danger. Restrictions will also be posted on the forest’s website. The public is responsible to check if firewood cutting is allowed.

Firewood season on the Umatilla National Forest will end Nov. 30, 2019.

For more information on firewood cutting, please contact the Supervisor’s Office at (541) 278-3716 or your local District Office.