Christmas tree season opens

Firewood-cutting season is ready to close in the Wallowa-Whitman forest.

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Christmas tree season is now open in the Umatilla National Forest. Meanwhile, firewood-cutting season is getting ready to close in the Wallowa-Whitman forest.

Permits to cut Christmas trees in the Umatilla National Forest are now available at all forest offices and at several local businesses. Permits are valid on federal Forest Service lands only and do not authorize tree cutting on private, state or other federally managed lands.

Permits cost $5 each and are limited to one per household. Permits and forest maps are available during regular office hours at the Forest Service supervisor's office in Pendleton and at the Ranger District offices in Walla Walla and Pomeroy.

Local businesses will also be set up to sell permits by Wednesday, said Joni Bosworth, Umatilla National Forest public affairs officer.

In the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, personal-use firewood-cutting areas will close for the season Tuesday. Firewood cutting in the forest will not be available again until May. Firewood-cutting season has already closed in the Umatilla National Forest.

Firewood permits can be purchased up until the close of the season at any Wallowa-Whitman National Forest office or at several local businesses in the community. Permits cost $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20. A maximum purchase of 10 cords per household is allowed from National Forest lands during the calendar year.

Information on the firewood program is available at 541-523-6391 or at fs.fed.us/r6/w-w.

Permit vendors

  • Milton-Freewater - Pendleton Grain Growers, 217 E. Broadway Ave.
  • Walla Walla - Walla Walla Ranger District Office, 1415 W. Rose St.
  • Dayton - Conoco General Store.
  • Pomeroy - Pomeroy Foods, PF Express and Pomeroy Ranger District office.
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