Frequently Asked Questions

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General Special Forest Products Rules and Guidelines:  English    Spanish    Russian    Cambodian

 

I lost my permit, may I have a replacement?

If you haven’t reached your maximum permits/year, or maximum quantity purchased you can obtain a new permit

How much Firewood can I gather?

5 Cords per household per year. There is a limit on the number of cords to be purchased in one season. Each cord comes with a certain number of tags (1 tag for each ½ cord).  If you have already purchased your maximum of 5 cords you will not be able to purchase more firewood until the following firewood season.  It is important to keep your permit and tags organized and in a safe place. If you haven’t reached your maximum permits/year, or maximum quantity purchased you can obtain a new permit

 

How much does a Firewood permit cost?

$10.00 per cord.  The minimum allowable purchase for a permit is $20.00

 

What am I required to have with me while cutting Firewood?

A valid firewood permit and tags

Up to date weekly information sheet

Items specified on the back of your permit (screen type spark arrestor on chainsaw, shovel, fire extinguisher)

Vehicle listed on your permit for hauling firewood

 

Where can I cut Firewood?

Designated cutting areas are identified in the Weekly Information Sheet.

Firewood permits purchased at Mt. Hood National Forest offices are only valid on the Mt. Hood National Forest.  Your permit does not authorize you to cut on Private Land, BLM Land, Reservation Land, County Land, State Land, or any land ownership other than the Mt. Hood National Forest.

 

When is Firewood season?

Firewood season on the Mt. Hood National forest generally starts late spring/early summer, and ends at midnight on November 30th each year.

 

How much is a cord of wood?

1 cord = 128 cubic feet

Calculation 4 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet

You may also view the Cord Wood diagram to see examples of how it looks in a truck bed.

 

How many tags do I need to attach to my load of wood?

Two tags for each cord of wood you are transporting

One tag = half of a cord of wood

If you a transporting greater than ½ cord of wood (68 cubic feet) you will need to attach 2 tags

If you are transporting less than ½ cord of wood you will need to attach 1 tag.

Please see the Cord Wood Diagram for an illustration.

 

I saw someone cutting on my piece of firewood, what can I do?

The Mt. Hood National Forest does not have a reservation system for firewood.  Firewood is gathered on a first come first served basis.  If you are observing suspicious activity, you may report it to your local ranger station.  If possible report the activity with a vehicle description and license plate number.

 

I did not gather all of the Special Forest Product (firewood, beargrass, other) that I purchased, can I get a refund on my permit?

No.  Permits are non-refundable.

 

I don’t have time to go out to gather my special forest product this weekend. Can my friend take my permit and go for me?

No.  Permits are non-transferable.

 

I lost my permit, may I have a replacement?

No.  Replacement permits will not be issued.  You will need to obtain a new permit.

 

I have my permit, but I misplaced my tags, may I have replacement tags?

No.  If your permit requires tags, and you lose your tags – your permit is no longer valid.  You will need to obtain a new permit and new tags.

 

I want a friend to come with me and help me cut and load my firewood, do they have to have a permit?

No.  If you are the permit holder and you are present with your permit at the time of cutting and transporting, your friend does not need to have a permit to help you.

 

A group of us want to go out and collect special forest products.  Can I come in and get a group permit?

The Mt. Hood National Forest does not issue permits to groups, businesses or societies.  A permit must be attached to an individual and requires individual information and signature. Each individual in your group must have a permit if they plan to harvest and remove mushrooms or other special forest product from the forest.  Free Use permits are available all year long, and can be obtained at any District Office during office hours.

 

Where do I attach my load tag(s)?

You must visibly and securely attach your load tag(s) to the back of your load so that it is clearly visible by a following vehicle.

 

What is a Special Request form for firewood and when do I need to use it?

A special request form is used when you have located down wood that is in an area you are unsure if you can cut in or not, or if it is in an area that is not designated as a firewood cutting area.  You may fill out the Special Request form and turn it in to the Westside or Eastside Special Forest Products Coordinator.  The Special Forest Products Coordinator requires up to two weeks to review any Special Request.  You will be notified if your request is approved or denied.  If it is denied, the reasons for denial will be explained to you.

 

What is the Westside Zone and Eastside Zone?

The Mt. Hood National Forest has a West Side and an East side Special Forest Products Coordinator.  The West side coordinator manages and accepts special requests for the Zigzag and Clackamas River Ranger Districts.  The East side coordinator manages and accepts special requests for the Hood River and Barlow Ranger DistrictsDistrict Contact Information

 

What is an LSR?

LSR stands for Late Successional Reserve, and it is a special management area on the forest that in some cases restricts Firewood, and other Special Forest Product harvest.  The objective of Late-Successional Reserves is to protect and enhance conditions of late successional and old-growth forest ecosystems, which serve as habitat for late-successional and old-growth related species including the northern spotted owl (Late-Successional Reserve and Managed Late-Successional Areas)

 

I want to harvest some plants to landscape my yard, can you help me?

Yes, when plants are harvested for your own personal use, you may come to any Mt. Hood National Forest District office and pick up a Free Use permit for Transplants & Cut Greenery.  This permit is valid for an entire calendar year and can be picked up any time during normal business hours.  Under this permit your transplant quantity is restricted, and you may only harvest transplants from open Road Prisms.

 

I want to harvest some special forest products and then sell them, can you help me?

Yes, when plants are harvested for commercial use you must purchase a special forest products permit for it.  Some products do not require a special request process (Beargrass, Salal, Forest Greens, mushrooms).  When a plant does require a special request process, you must first find the location of the special forest product you wish to harvest, and then fill out and turn in a special request form to the Special Forest Products Coordinator closest to the product you are requesting.  The minimum charge for a commercial permit is $20.00.

 

What is a Road Prism?

A road prism is defined as anything between the top of the cut bank to the bottom of the fill slope of an open road.  This area included the ditch line of an open road. Please view the Road Prism Diagram for an illustration.

 

What is an Open Road?

An open road is a road that is not blocked, gated, signed as closed, bermed, or otherwise restricting access.  Open roads can be identified on the most recent Motor Vehicle Use Map.

 

A Special Forest Product I want to harvest is not mentioned on your website, can I harvest it?

First you will need an approved Special Request for the product, then you can purchase a permit for it and harvest it.  A special request form is used when you have located the special forest product that you want to harvest.  You must fill out the Special Request form and turn it in to the Westside or Eastside Special Forest Products Coordinator.  You must be specific on product name, location, harvest method, quantity you wish to harvest.  The Special Forest Products Coordinator requires up to two weeks to review any Special Request.  You will be notified if your request is approved or denied.  If it is denied, the reasons for denial will be explained to you.

 

I am hunting, and want to collect firewood for my hunting camp, do I need a permit?

No.  If your hunting camp is on the Mt. Hood National Forest, and you are gathering and transporting the firewood while remaining on National Forest land, you do not need to get a permit.  You must only gather what is a reasonable (small) amount of firewood for your campsite, do not cut and haul more than you need.  Any wood left over at the end of your camping trip must be left on site. If you plan to take it off the Forest, it must be during firewood season, and you must tag your load with your firewood tags, and have a valid permit in your possession.  Do not gather firewood within 300 feet of wet areas, and only gather wood that is already on the ground.  You shall not cut standing trees.

 

I am camping in a developed campground, can I collect firewood for my campsite, do I need a permit?

Yes you can collect firewood for your campsite.  No you do not need a permit as long as you remain on Mt. Hood National Forest, and do not take the wood off the forest.  You must not run a chainsaw within or nearby the developed campground.  Do not gather firewood within 300 feet of wet areas, and only gather wood that is already on the ground.  You shall not cut standing trees.



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