Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Firewood cutting permits for the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests will go on sale Friday.
Permits will be available at U.S. Forest Service district offices and at local vendors in various communities. Firewood cutting season will begin Sunday and run through Nov. 15 in the Umatilla National Forest and Nov. 30 in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Personal use permits are five dollars per cord, with a four cord minimum and a ten cord maximum. Commercial use permits are available for $10 per cord, with a two cord minimum. There is no limit to the number of commercial cords that an individual can purchase.
Officials warn the recent wet weather has caused soggy, saturated road conditions and left low elevation snow in many areas. Woodcutters are asked to contact the local Ranger District office to make sure the area they are traveling to is accessible.
People should also avoid driving off the road and onto wet, unstable ground or fragile meadow environments to load firewood. Woodcutters should pack additional food, water, clothing and other emergency supplies and let someone know their destination and estimated time of return.