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Fall is here. Thinkin’ “firewood”

Provided by Siuslaw National Forest

Fall 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 are now for sale at Siuslaw National Forest offices according to forest officials.

“We offer firewood permits for both personal and commercial use because it allows us to make use of any wood left at our timber sales or hazard trees that need to be taken down for safety reasons,” said Eric Stolsig, Forest Service Representative for the Siuslaw National Forest Timber program. “The wood we sell for firewood tends to be smaller or broken chunks left behind in log decks by the loggers when they complete the sales.”

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. Most personal use firewood cutting areas are on log landings after commercial timber sales have occurred.

Due to current, high Fire Danger conditions, please make sure you are aware of and following fire safe practices. Coordinate with your local office to know up-to-date regulations when you plan to go out and cut firewood.

Please read the following information for specific information for the Ranger District nearest you.

Hebo Ranger District Firewood Program
The Hebo Ranger District on the Siuslaw National Forest will begin accepting requests for firewood permits starting Tuesday, October 9. The total number of permits is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. There is one change from last year concerning commercial permits. A minimum purchase of 6 cords per permit is required 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 roads throughout the district.

Personal use firewood cutting areas are on log landings after timber commercial sales have occurred and down trees or logs resulting from road improvements. Please note one change from last year concerning personal use permits, a purchase of 2 -3 cords will have 20 days to gather the wood and 4-6 cords; 40 days.

Firewood cutting areas have been identified on the ground and packets with location information are available for both commercial and personal use firewood and can be acquired at the Hebo District Office. As commercial timber sales conclude and road improvement projects are completed, expect additional areas to come available throughout the firewood cutting season.

For more information please contact the Hebo Ranger Station at 503-392-5100, Monday through Friday from 8 am till 4 pm.

Central Coast Ranger District Firewood Program
The Central Coast – ODNRA Ranger District is accepting requests for commercial firewood permits. Commercial Firewood Request forms and instructions can be picked up at Forest Service offices in Waldport, Florence, Reedsport or Corvallis. The majority of commercial permits are for standing danger trees adjacent to forest roads open to the public.

Personal use firewood permits this year will primarily be log decks and down wood.
·There are a few areas currently open for personal use firewood cutting and more will become available throughout the firewood season.
·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, Florence, Waldport, Hebo or Corvallis.

Contact:
Additional information is available at the Siuslaw National Forest Web Site under the Timber Sale link at, http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/siuslaw/timber.

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 www.twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF.

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