Firewood Cutting

Example of a firewood cutting area sign.Firewood cutting season on the Siuslaw National Forest typically runs from the beginning of October through the end of February, although cutting and removing firewood outside of the timeframe may be authorized on a case-by-case basis.

Permits are required. To cut firewood, you must have a firewood permit regardless if the firewood is for personal use or to be sold commercially. The total number of permits is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Permits are available at most ranger district offices. Please make sure you contact the district office to confirm the dates and times permits will go on sale, as it can vary depending on the district, the availability of wood and the type of permit. A permit is good for gathering firewood from the time of purchase through the termination date stated on the permit. Firewood permits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Firewood cutters must have their permit in their possession when harvesting and transporting firewood. A lost or stolen permit cannot be replaced or refunded. Firewood harvesting must occur in the designated cutting areas specified on your permit. Maps can be reviewed before purchasing a permit and will be issued at the time of permit sales. The permitee is responsible for compliance to the instructions and guidelines specified in the firewood permit. Failure to comply with provisions on any firewood permit may result in fines up to $5,000, forfeiture of the permit, or both.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Types Of Firewood Permits?

How Can I Get A Permit?

Where Can I Cut?

What Can I Cut?

How Can I Help Protect The Forest While Cutting?

How Do I Measure Firewood?

What Are Best Practices For Chainsaw And Fire Safety?

Where Can I Find More Information?

What Are The Types Of Firewood Permits?

There are three types of firewood permits available, Free Use, Personal Use and Commercial Use. Personal and commercial firewood cutting areas are limited to areas designated by the Ranger District and will be specified on the permit.

Free Use Permits

If collecting only limbs, chunks of wood, or bark for personal use only, firewood gatherers are required to have a free-use permit. Power equipment is NOT allowed when gathering this type of firewood. This type of firewood should not be collected from cutting areas designated for paid permittees.

Personal Use Permits

Hebo Ranger District

Permits for personal use generally go on sale beginning the first week of October at the Hebo district office. The cost is $10/cord with a two cord ($20.00) minimum purchase and six cord maximum per household per calendar year. Permittee will have 20 days to cut and haul two to three cords, 40 days for four to six cords. Personal use firewood cutting areas are primarily small designated stacks of logs (usually conifer and red alder tops) left behind after a timber sale. Occasionally, there are decked or down logs next to a road, the result of a road improvement or culvert replacement project, which may be available for personal use.

2020 Hebo District Firewood Documents

Hebo Disctrict Firewood Vicinity Map PDF

2020 Commercial Firewood Packet PDF

2020 Personal Firewood Packet PDF

Contact:
Hebo Ranger District
31525 Hwy 22
Hebo, OR 97122
Email: r6_siuslaw_WWWeb_Front_Desk@fs.fed.us
Phone: 503-392-5100

Central Coast Ranger District

Permits for personal use generally go on sale beginning the first week of October at both the Waldport and Reedsport district offices, as well as the supervisor’s office in Corvallis.

Contact:
Central Coast Ranger District
Email: r6_siuslaw_WWWeb_Front_Desk@fs.fed.us

Waldport
1130 Forestry Lane
Waldport, Oregon 97394
Phone: 541-563-8400

Reedsport
855 Highway 101
Reedsport, Oregon 97467
541-271-3611

Corvallis
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
541-750-7000

Commercial Use Permits

Commercial use harvesting consists of cutting areas of standing trees that are laid out for commercial firewood gathering along segments of designated Forest Service roads. Expect most roads to have water bars, narrow falling areas, or a need for 4-wheel drive. It may be necessary to walk up some roads to assess vehicle access. You are strongly encouraged to visit the cutting areas that interest you and select three or more areas before coming in to purchase your permit.

Hebo Ranger District

Commercial permits generally go on sale beginning the first week of October. The cost is $20/cord with a six cord minimum purchase and 30 days to harvest the wood. Areas are designated for either commercial or personal use; firewood collection is only permitted in those areas.   Additional “fall your own” areas may become available for purchase later in the fall or winter. Interested buyers should contact the ranger district for more information. 

Contact:
Hebo Ranger District
31525 Hwy 22
Hebo, OR 97122
Email: r6_siuslaw_WWWeb_Front_Desk@fs.fed.us
Phone: 503-392-5100

Central Coast Ranger District

Individuals may purchase a commercial permit for up to a maximum of 15 cords. The cost for commercial permits is $20/cord with a six cord minimum and 15 cord maximum, with 30 days to harvest the wood. Those interested in purchasing a commercial permit must first contact the district office (541-563-8400) to learn how to submit an advance permit request in writing. 

Contact:
Central Coast Ranger District
1130 Forestry Lane
Waldport, Oregon 97394
Email: r6_siuslaw_WWWeb_Front_Desk@fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-563-8400

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How Can I Get A Permit?

When available, permits can be purchased through ranger district offices. Please make sure you contact the district office to confirm the dates and times permits will go on sale, as it can vary depending on the district, the availability of wood and the type of permit.

You will need a form of government ID to purchase a permit. Cash, check, debit or credit cards are accepted forms of payment. The person purchasing the permit will be identified on the permit and must be present during the cutting, loading and hauling of firewood at all times. Permits are NOT transferable and will expire on the date shown on the permit or when the purchased number of cords has been gathered. Only one permit will be issued at any given time.

New for 2020: Central Coast Ranger District Commercial Permits

Permits are being accepted and processed by email. Please review instructions below and then download the permit request form.

Prior to submitting your permit request, you must have already identified and flagged specific trees, along with the path you’ll take to access the tree.  The request form should be filled out as completely as possible to avoid problems like missed trees.

  1. Download and fill out a commercial firewood request form.
  2. E-mail completed form to ryan.krause@usda.gov.
  3. You will be notified within 3 business days of submission to let you know we received it.
  4. The request will be reviewed to see if it meets requirements, including whether the location avoids critical marbled murrelet habitat.
  5. If the request is approved, you will be notified by the Special Forest Products Forester and prompted to call the front desk at the Central Coast Ranger District in Waldport to submit your payment information by phone.
  6. Next, a copy of the permit, along with load ticket numbers, will be emailed back with a map of the general area and conditions for cutting and collecting.

Any questions can be directed to Special Forest Products Forester, Ryan Krause, at 541-563-8421.

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Where Can I Cut?

Personal and commercial firewood cutting areas are limited to areas designated by the ranger district and will be specified on the permit. Firewood cutting areas change often depending on the quantity available and the demand. There may be times when there are no firewood areas available. Check with your nearest ranger district office to see if firewood is available and where the current cutting areas are located. You are strongly encouraged to visit the cutting areas that interest you and select three or more areas before coming in to purchase your permit. A few additional areas may come available throughout the season so check back periodically.

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What Can I Cut?

The firewood cutting areas are usually a mix of conifer and red alder. Conifers include Douglas fir, Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce. Check with your nearest District office to find out what is currently available.

Do NOT Cut Wildlife Trees: Standing and down dead trees (snags) provide a source of food, nests, perches, and protective cover for many birds and mammals in the forest. Please do not cut trees with paint marks or signs, broken tops, trunk holes, or visible nests.

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How Can I Help Protect the Forest While Cutting?

You can help us protect water quality and fish habitat by avoiding cutting, piling or gathering firewood near any stream, pond, lake, marshy, or wet area. Check your permit for guidance on specific distances.

Cut only in your area and please leave your firewood cutting area clean. Scatter debris away from roads, culverts and ditches. Pack your garbage out with you.

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How do I Measure Firewood?

Illustration: Cord dimensionsFirewood is commonly measured in cords. A cord of wood consists of 128 cubic feet or the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack 4 feet wide and 4 feet high by 8 feet long. Firewood shall not be hauled in lengths greater than 6 feet. Using a calculator and measuring tape, you can get a close estimate on how much wood you are loading into a pickup; depending on the size bed and area filled.

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What are Best Practices for Chainsaw and Fire Safety?

As a chainsaw operator, you must have a serviceable fire extinguisher (8 oz. liquid chemical or 1 lb. dry chemical) and shovel available at all times. Your saw must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor. Be aware of the dangers when cutting near or along roads.

You must carry a shovel and a bucket when traveling through or on National Forest lands during fire season. You can find information concerning local fire danger and chainsaw use restrictions here.

You can avoid starting a fire with your chainsaw by following these common sense rules:

  • Keep the saw well away from cigarettes or open flame when adjusting or fueling the saw.
  • Let your saw cool for at least five minutes before refueling.
  • Carry your gas in a metal safety can equipped with a spout. Use a funnel to avoid spilling gasoline on the ground.
  • Before starting your saw, move it from the place where it was fueled away from gasoline vapors. Remove oil and sawdust from all metal parts.

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Where Can I Find More Information?

Hebo Ranger District
31525 Hwy 22
Hebo, OR 97122
503-392-5100

Central Coast Ranger District
1130 Forestry Lane
Waldport, Oregon 97394
541-563-8400

Oregon Dunes Visitor Center
855 Highway Avenue
Reedsport, Oregon 97467
541-271-6000

Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor's Office
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
541-750-7000

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