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Firewood season ends for the winter on the Umatilla National Forest

Pendleton, Ore. — Personal-use firewood cutting on the Umatilla National Forest will end Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Firewood permits will not be available again until May 2023.

The public is asked to take additional precautions when cutting firewood late in the fall when road and soil conditions become slick, soggy, and saturated. Firewood cutters should be prepared for winter weather conditions. Mountain travel will require extreme care to avoid getting stuck in the mud or snow and causing resource damage to the land and vegetation.

Another concern for late season firewood cutting is the misidentification of live or dead western larch, a highly prized firewood also known as tamarack. Larch needles turn yellow and fall off at the end of the growing season, which can cause the tree to appear dead when in fact it is only dormant. Tips on identifying live larch are located in the firewood guide that accompanies each firewood permit.

Firewood permits can be acquired at any Umatilla National Forest office or at several local businesses in the community. Personal-use firewood permits are free of charge, however, a permit is still required to cut and haul firewood. The maximum limit for personal-use firewood on the Umatilla National Forest is 12 cords-per-household per year. Individuals that require more than 12 cords, or those wanting to sell firewood, may purchase a commercial or “charge” firewood permit for $10 per cord with a $30 minimum permit. Charge permits can only be purchased through a Forest Service office.

For more information on the firewood program please contact:

Umatilla National Forest: 

Supervisor’s Office: (541) 278-3716

www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/ 

www.facebook.com/UmatillaNF 

Twitter: @UmatillaNF 

Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla

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