Personal Use Firewood Permits

stacked firewoodFor up-to-date Woodcutting and IFPL Restrictions call 1-877-958-9663

 

A firewood cutting permit and load tickets are required to cut, gather, and transport firewood on the Umatilla National Forest. The firewood cutting season Typically runs from May 1 to November 30. 

Note:  Hot, dry weather conditions in late summer and early fall often trigger public use restrictions that restrict the time of day you can use a chainsaw or may prohibit chainsaw use alltogether.  To find out if restrictions are in effect, visit our Public Use Restriction webpage or call toll free 1-877-958-9663.

2024 Firewood Cutting Guide


Permits  

All National Forests in Oregon and Washington are now offering personal-use firewood free of charge.  The maximum limit for personal-use firewood on the Umatilla National Forest is 12-cords-per-household-per-year.  Individuals that require more than 12 cords, or those wanting to sell firewood, may purchase a commercial or “charge” firewood permit for $10 per cord with a $30 minimum permit. Charge permits can only be purchased through a Forest Service office. Those requiring more than twelve cords or want to harvest fuelwood to sell, may purchase a commercial firewood permit for $10 per cord ($100 minimum permit) at district offices

Permits are also available at local vendors. Vendors may charge an additional processing fee up to $2 for personal-use firewood permits acquired through local businesses.  A list of vendors is available below.


Where to Get Permits  

Firewood cutting permits are available at all National Forest offices in Pendleton, Ukiah and Heppner, Oregon and Walla Walla, Pomeroy, and Clarkston Washington.  Permits are also available at several commercial venders. Commercial firewood permits are available only at National Forest Offices.
 

Local Permit Vendors

Elgin, OR
Elgin Food Town

Hermiston, OR
Ace Hardware
Smitty's Outpost

 

Dale, OR
Dale Store

Milton-Freewater, OR
Zip Zone 2

Ukiah, OR
Rhode’s Supply
 

Heppner, OR
Heppner Mobil

 

Pomeroy, WA
Pomeroy Food Center
Last Resort

Clarkston, WA
Schurman's
True Value
Hells Canyon NRA 
 

Dayton, WA
General Store

Spray, OR
Lone Elk Market
 

Athena, OR
Athena Convenience Store

Pilot Rock, OR
J&D's Food Mart

Boardman, OR
Ace Hardware

Pendleton, OR
Bi-Mart
 

LaGrande, OR

LaGrande Ranger District

 
Weston, OR
Tollgate Crossing Store
 
 

 

Athena, OR
Athena Convenience Store

Boardman, OR
Ace Hardware

Clarkston, WA
Schurman's True Value
Hells Canyon NRA 

Dayton, WA
General Store

Dale, OR
Dale Store

Elgin, OR
Elgin Food Town

Heppner, OR
Heppner Mobil

Hermiston, OR
Ace Hardware
Smitty's Outpost

Milton-Freewater, OR
Zip Zone 2

La Grande, OR
La Grande Ranger District
 
Pendleton, OR
Bi-Mart

Pilot Rock, OR
J&D's Food Mart

Pomeroy, WA
Pomeroy Food Center
Last Resort

Spray, OR
Lone Elk Market

Ukiah, OR
Rhode’s Supply

Weston, OR
Tollgate Crossing Store

Where to Go  

Not all lands on the National Forest are open to firewood cutting. Please consult the firewood map and guide to be sure you are following the conditions of your permit. Remember that not all land within the Forest is publicly owned. It is your responsibility to be certain you are not trespassing on private land. The permit is for Umatilla National Forest lands only, and not for State, BLM, or private lands.  

 

Stump Diameter, Height, and Species Limitations  

Dead or down trees less than 24 inches across the stump may be cut and removed for firewood. When cutting down a dead tree, the remaining standing stump should be no more than 12 inches high.  For identification information on the logs and trees in this area see US Forest Service Field Guide for the Identification of Snags and Logs in the Interior Columbia River Basin.

 Do not cut any live trees! *Dead or live Juniper, up to 24 inches in diameter or <75 inches in circumference at stump height, may be cut anywhere on the Umatilla National Forest. See firewood guide for more information.

 

How to Tell if the Tree is Dead  

Trees without any green needles may still be alive. Western Larch (tamarack) loses its needles in the fall and is still a live tree. A wind blown tree may take several months or years to die. Do not cut the tree if it has any green needles and/or the inner bark, called  the cambium, is green, wet, spongy, or light in color. To test a questionable dead tree before it is cut: peel away a small section of the bark and examine the thin cambium layer between the bark and  the wood. A dead tree has no green needles and the cambium is dry and is a dark color.  

 

Hauling Restrictions  

Logs larger than six inches in diameter on the large end may not be hauled in lengths over eight feet. Smaller material has no length restrictions.  

 

Validating the Load Ticket

After loading the firewood, completely remove the month and day on the colored load ticket, corresponding with the date the firewood is being removed.  On the back of the load, firmly staple, nail, or tack one ticket for each 1/2 cord being transported. All load tickets must be clearly visible.  

 

What is a Cord of Firewood?   

One cord of firewood (stacked) measures four feet tall by four feet deep by eight feet long (4x4x8) which equals 128 cubic feet and weighs approximately 2,662 pounds. The average half-ton pickup can carry one-half of a cord of dry wood without overloading the vehicle. Remember to validate the firewood load tickets before leaving the cutting area. 

How to estimate the amount of firewood being transported.

 

Fire requirements & restrictions  

Firewood cutters are required to have the following equipment while cutting and transporting firewood:

Saw: Exhaust system in good repair. Screen-type spark arrestor of 0.023" mesh or less, qualified under US Forest Service standards.

Shovel: Long-handled, round point with an eight inch blade.

Fire extinguisher: Charged with pressurized chemical. Not less than eight ounce capacity by weight. Type ABC.

Fire watch: A one-hour fire watch is required after shutting down the chainsaw.

 

Firewood for Sale (Commercial Fuelwood Permit)

Firewood cutters interested in selling firewood should contact any ranger district offices for information on a commercial firewood sale or a Forest Product Sale Permit (also known as a commercial fuelwood permit).