Corvallis— Fall season brings the promise of cooler nights and the coming winter, and for many, the need to collect firewood to heat their homes. To help meet that need, firewood permits will soon be on sale at Siuslaw National Forest offices according to forest officials.
Firewood permits for personal use will remain at $10 per cord with a two cord permit minimum and a maximum of six cords per year per household. Firewood permits for commercial use will remain at $20 per cord with a six cord permit minimum.
Most personal use firewood cutting areas are on log landings after commercial timber sales have occurred.
Hebo Ranger District Firewood Program
The Hebo Ranger District will begin accepting requests for personal use firewood permits starting Friday, October 3. Requests for commercial use firewood permits will be available on Monday, October 6. The total number of permits is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Hebo District Office, beginning September 15, 2014.
· Personal use firewood cutting areas are primarily small log decks left after timber commercial sales have occurred and down trees or logs resulting from road improvements. Personal permits require a minimum purchase of two cords at a rate of $10 per cord, with a maximum of six cords per household per calendar year, when available. Time allowed to harvest the firewood will be as follows; a purchase of 2 -3 cords will have 20 days to gather the wood and 4-6 cords; 40 days. As commercial timber sales conclude and road improvement projects are completed, expect additional areas to come available throughout the firewood cutting season.
· Commercial permits require a minimum purchase of six cords at a rate of $20 per cord; with 30 days to gather that amount. Commercial use harvesting consists of pre-marked, standing green trees along designated road segments, throughout the district.
For more information please contact the Hebo Ranger Station at 503-392-5100, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.
Central Coast Ranger District Firewood Program
The Central Coast – ODNRA Ranger District will be accepting requests for commercial firewood permits on Wednesday, October 1. Commercial Firewood Request forms and instructions can be picked up at Forest Service offices in Waldport, Reedsport or Corvallis. The majority of commercial permits are for standing danger trees adjacent to forest roads open to the public. Commercial permits are valid for 30 days.
Personal use firewood permits this year will primarily be log decks and down wood. Personal use permits will be valid for 60 days. The district will also be offering standing green Alder roadside permits. These permits are valid for 30 days.
· Personal use firewood cutters are encouraged to contact the Waldport Office at (541) 563-8400 for up-to-date information on firewood availability.
For more information about the Siuslaw National Forest’s firewood cutting program, contact your local office in Reedsport, Waldport, Hebo or Corvallis.
Contact: For more information about the Siuslaw National Forest visit our web site at www.fs.usda.gov /siuslaw or call 541-750-7000. Stay in touch through twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF.