Firewood cutting permits for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will be available for sale May 1 at district offices and at local vendors in various communities. The season begins on Tuesday, May 1 and runs through November 30, 2012.
Personal use firewood gathering permits can be purchased for five dollars per cord, with a four cord minimum and a ten cord maximum. Commercial use permits are available for ten dollars per cord, with a two cord minimum. There is no limit to the number of commercial cords that an individual can purchase.
Wet spring weather and snow at low elevations may make some areas inaccessible. Woodcutters should avoid driving off the road and onto wet, unstable ground to load their firewood.
Woodcutters are reminded that chainsaw operations on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest coincide with Public Use Fire Restrictions, which are fire closures that prohibit certain activities including operating an internal combustion engine, use of campfires, driving off forest roads, etc. during high fire danger. A one-hour fire watch after shutting down the chainsaw is required during fire season to watch for and suppress any fire starts.
Additional information about firewood cutting and fire restrictions is available by calling local ranger district offices and on the web at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman. This year, woodcutters will be able to call local phone numbers and listen to a recorded message with fire closure updates on the Forest. The phone numbers are: 541-523-1234 in Baker City, 541-962-8679 in La Grande, and 541-426-5552 in Enterprise.
Local Firewood Permit Vendors
604 S. River St.
401 Main Street
The Blonde Strawberry
District Offices Selling Permits
La Grande Ranger District
3502 Hwy. 30
La Grande, Oregon 97850
Wallowa Mountains Office
201 E. Second Street
Joseph, Oregon 97846