Forest Products Permits

 

Firewood

 

Free Personal Use Firewood Extended Through September

 

Central Ore.— The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland will extend free personal use firewood cutting through September 30. The same procedures anounced at the beginning of May remain in effect. Firewood cutters can forego the normal requirement to obtain a permit from a Forest Service office or vendor. 

 

This interim change to the firewood permitting process is an effort to maximize social distancing measures. After Sept. 30, 2020, the Forest Service plans to return to the regular process of issuing firewood permits and load tags at our offices and vendor locations.

 

Firewood cutters can also take an additional two cords of firewood for personal use only. This is in addtion to the four cords allowed during the month of May, for a total of six cords between May 1 and Sept. 30. Inquire by phone or email with your local district office regarding commercial firewood permits.

 

Firewood cutters taking advantage of this opportunity will be required to follow the same rules and regulations that are in effect during the regular firewood cutting season. These rules and regulations are found in the “2020 Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Synopsis” and on individual firewood cutting area maps.

 

Free personal use firewood cutters will be required to have the following in their possession while cutting, loading and transporting firewood:

  1. A completed and signed hard-copy version of the “Free Personal Use Firewood Authorization;” dated/valid June 1st, 2020 to Sept. 30th, 2020
  2. A digital or hard-copy version of the “2020 Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Synopsis;” and
  3. A digital or hard-copy version of the appropriate firewood cutting area map (i.e., the map covering the area where the firewood is being cut).

 

The Authorization, Synopsis and maps can be acquired in several ways:

  1. At Forest Service websites: Authorization
  2. At local participating Vendors
  3. At Forest Service offices (located outside near the front doors)
  4. At Avenza.com:  Firewood cutting area maps can be downloaded onto your electronic devices with the PDF Maps app available from Avenza.com

 

All firewood cutting is subject to periods of “shut down” due to high fire danger (IFPL levels 3 & 4) or the implementation of Public Use Restrictions (PURs). Please check and know the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) (1-800-523-4737) prior to cutting your firewood.  See the 2020 Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Synopsis, page 3, for information about IFPL.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The Prineville BLM is normally a partner with the Forest Service in the Central Oregon firewood program; however, the BLM is not able to participate in this free personal use firewood initiative. For more information about cutting firewood on BLM lands (page 13 in the 2020 Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Synopsis), please contact the Prineville BLM office at 541-416-6700 or BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov or visit their office at 3050 N.E. 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754.

 

Please contact your local district office for updates and more information:

 

  • Deschutes National Forest
    • Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District (541) 383-5300
    • Redmond Air Center (541) 504-7200
    • Sisters Ranger District (541) 549-7700
    • Crescent Ranger District (541) 433-3200
  • Ochoco National Forest (541) 416-6500
  • Crooked River National Grassland (541) 416-6640

 

2020 Central Oregon Firewood Synopsis & Maps

2020 Central Oregon Firewood Synopsis & Maps

The Synopsis contains the rules and regulations for all the central Oregon firewood areas: Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland and the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management.

Maps for the Deschutes National Forest mostly within the Synopsis; however there are a couple of Supplemental Maps people should be aware of for both the Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest and for the Ochoco National Forest. You can purchase firewood permits from our USFS offices or at one of our vendor locations.

Supplemental Maps

For the Ochoco National Forest & Crooked River National Grassland:
For the Deschutes National Forest:

The Bureau of Land Management - Prineville District public use firewood area for western juniper is available to Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Permit holders. The current woodcutting area is located 22 miles east of Bend/20 miles south of Prineville near the junction of Millican and Reservoir Roads. Maps of the BLM area are available at permit vendor locations and by calling the Prineville BLM at (541) 416-6700.

 

Permitting Procedure 

Steps to the permitting process:

  1. Call your closest District Office and find out whether the product you want to collect is available.

  2. Go, in person, to the District Office with valid photo identification. Offices accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. At the District Office, obtain either a:
    * Free Use Permit
    : Small quantities of products collected for your use only. Anything obtained for free cannot be sold, traded or bartered.
    * Personal Use Permit: Large quantities of products collected for personal use. There is a minimum charge of $20.
    * Commercial Use Permit: Products collected for commercial resale. Minimum charge of $20 applies. All products may not be available at each District Office.

  3. Keep the permit & your identification on your person at all times while harvesting.

  4. Have fun!

 Firewood Cutting Rules

1) Permittee must be present and have in their possession:

  • Permit
  • Synopsis with map of the area where you are cutting
  • Load tags
  • Required Fire equipment:
    • Spark arrester 0.023” or less on chain saw.
    • Shovel - long handled, round point, 8” blade (size 0).
    • Fire extinguisher with a pressurized chemical of no less than 8 ounce capacity by weight.

2) A current year’s load tag must be validated by completely removing the month and day that you are removing the firewood. The validated tag must be highly visible at the back of the load, and displayed prior to moving the vehicle.

Previous year’s tags are not valid. One tag is required for every 1/2 cord of firewood, or any portion thereof.

3) Each household may purchase up to 8 cords of personal use firewood annually.

Cost is $10.00 per cord; minimum purchase of two cords per permit.

4) Fill out Product Removal Record on your signed permit.

5) WOODCUTTING IS PROHIBITED in all posted timber sales, contract areas, developed campgrounds, old growth areas, research natural areas, riparian areas*, wilderness areas and all other areas posted closed to woodcutting.

*(Riparian areas are defined as land within 150 feet of water such as springs, streams, wet meadows, floodplains and overflow channels on the Ochoco National Forest)

6) Do not cut trees (standing and/or down) marked with paint, signs, wildlife tags, blazes or with any evidence of wildlife habitation such as nests or cavities.

7) Open and close dates, species authorized for removal and other restrictions vary depending on the specific designated firewood area. These restrictions are listed in the box above the individual area maps.

8) Woodcutting is authorized for dead trees only, or as specified on woodcutting maps. Some areas do not allow the cutting of standing dead trees. Be familiar with the map of your cutting area.

9) Where cutting of standing trees is allowed, stump heights may not exceed 12 inches. Maximum length of wood allowed to be transported is 6 feet. Remove all wood down to 3 inches in diameter for less waste.

10) Protect all green trees and other vegetation during falling and removal activities. Live trees and other vegetation may not be cut to create access to firewood.

11) The only power equipment authorized for use are: chainsaws, winches and hydraulic splitters, unless otherwise prohibited in specific cutting areas.

12) Woodcutting activity is permitted only within designated firewood area boundaries as specified on woodcutting map.

13) Cut and scatter limbs and tops so they lie no more than 12” from the ground. This reduces potential for wildfire. Remove all slash from roads and ditches.

14) Off road travel restrictions are noted on each specific cutting area map.

15) Woodcutters must comply with all road closures, seasonal road closures, and transport firewood in vehicles less than 26,000 lbs GVW.

 

Mushrooms and other Special Forest Products

 

Native Plant and Mushroom Collection for Personal Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Between April 13, 2020 and September 30, 2020, native plants can be collected from the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland and mushrooms can be collected from the Ochoco National Forest without having to obtain a free use permit from our Prineville or Madras offices.  This interim change in how we are conducting business is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to maximize social distancing measures to the extent possible.  

Native plants and mushrooms collected without a permit under the personal free-use program, are for personal use only and may not be resold or bartered (36 CFR 261.6(f)).  To be able to sell or barter these products will require a commercial permit.

Best Management/Harvest Practices

Please follow these practices to protect native plants and mushroom populations and minimize negative impacts to the ecosystems in your National Forest.

Native Plants

Plants that are eligible to be collected for personal use are listed in the brochure, Collecting Native Plants for the Ochoco National Forest.  This brochure also outlines permit conditions and transplanting tips.  The brochure is available for free and can be downloaded here. The brochure is required to be present while collecting plants.  Under this free use program, there is a limit of 16 plants of which 4 can be trees.  Aspen is not available for collection.  Plants obtained under this free use program cannot be sold or exchanged (36 CFR 261.6(f)).  Commercial native plant collection permits may be available for those who wish to sell or barter native plants.  Contact Rene Roufs at renee.roufs@usda.gov or 541-416-6432 for more information on obtaining a commercial permit.

The collection of native plants is prohibited in the following locations:  campgrounds; recreation areas; wilderness; wilderness study areas; wild and scenic rivers corridors; research natural areas; tree plantations; river canyons, rimrock, and cliff features; fenced exclosures that are part of restoration projects; within 300 feet of lakes and streams; within 100 feet of springs, wet meadows, floodplains, paved and gravel roads.  Rimrock Springs Wildlife Area and Cove Palisades State Park on the Crooked River National Grassland are closed to collecting. 

All species of the following plants are protected under Oregon State Law and are prohibited from collection:  lilies – including camas, mariposa lilies, fawn lilies, 3 and 6 petal lilies; orchids – including lady slippers, bitterroot and primroses.  All Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species are prohibited from collection. 

The current Motor Vehicle Use Maps must be followed.  These maps are available to be downloaded for free here.  These maps can also be downloaded onto your electronic devices with the PDF Maps app available from Avenza.com

It is important to remember we are in Fire Season, please comply with fire requirements and current fire restrictions.

Mushrooms

Under this free use program, there is a limit of 2 gallons per day for 10 days.  All species of mushrooms collected as free use must be cut in half lengthwise at the time of harvest.  The most commonly sought mushroom in the spring on the Ochoco National Forest is the morel.  In past years morels are ready for gathering in May.  Be sure to know your mushroom before you pick it!  Remember not all mushrooms are edible and some are poisonous. 

Collection practices that are valid under this program include the hand collection of mushrooms (no raking or use of other tools that can damage the mushroom habitat) and the practice of not removing all the mushrooms from an area.  Effort should be made to not disturb the duff layer or the surrounding vegetation where the mushrooms are growing.  Mushrooms will return most every year if we harvest carefully and leave some mushrooms to mature and produce spores.  Like a seed, spores from mushrooms that are left undisturbed and allowed to mature, produce the crop for next year. 

Mushrooms obtained under this free use program cannot be sold or exchanged (36 CFR 261.6(f)).  Commercial mushroom collection permits are available for those who wish to sell or barter mushrooms.  Commercial permits do not require that the mushrooms be cut in half lengthwise.  Call 541-416-6500 during business hours to obtain a commercial mushroom collection permit.

The collection of mushrooms is prohibited in wilderness and research natural areas.  

The current Motor Vehicle Use Maps must be followed.  These maps are available to be downloaded for free here.  These maps can also be downloaded onto your electronic devices with the PDF Maps app available from Avenza.com

It is important to remember we are in Fire Season, please comply with fire requirements and current fire restrictions.

Other Special Forest Products (SFPs)

These include, but are not limited to:  Cones, boughs, bark, dead limbs, decorative wood, pine needles, etc.  Free use collection of these Other SFPs are also available during this period.  Please contact your local SFP Coordinator identified at the bottom of the page for a permit and best management/harvest practices.

Commercial/Larger Quantities of Special Forest Products (SFPs)

Do you want to collect larger quantities than allowed under free-use, or commercial quantities of SFPs?  If so, both charge permits and commercial permits may be available during this period.  Please contact your local SFP Coordinator identified at the bottom of the page to inquire about charge permits and commercial permits.

Contacts

For general questions, or to inquire about a charge or commercial SFP permit, or to request a free use permit for “Other SFPs”, please contact Renee Roufs, Special Forest Products Coordinator, at renee.roufs@usda.gov or 541-416-6432.





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