The public is asked to take additional precautions when cutting firewood late into the fall when road and soil conditions become soggy and saturated. Mountain travel will require extreme care to avoid getting stuck or causing extensive and illegal resource damage to the land and vegetation.
Another concern for late season firewood cutting is the misidentification of live or dead western larch, also known as Tamarack. Larch is the only cone-bearing tree in the western United States that sheds its needles in the fall and can appear to be dead. Tips on identifying live larch are located in the firewood guide that accompanies each firewood permit.
Firewood permits can be purchased at any Umatilla National forest office or at several local businesses in the community. Permits cost $5.00 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20.00. A maximum purchase of 12 cords total, per household, is allowed from National Forest lands during the calendar year.
The 2014 firewood season will begin again in May.
For more information on the firewood program please contact any Umatilla National Forest office or call the Supervisor's Office in Pendleton, Oregon at 541-278-3716. Additional information is available on our website atwww.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.