Firewood season ends on the Forest for the winter

Contact(s): Mark Penninger

BAKER CITY, Oregon – Personal-use firewood cutting on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will end Thursday, November 30, 2017.  Firewood permits will not be available again until May 2018.

The public is asked to take additional precautions when cutting firewood late in the fall when road and soil conditions become slick, soggy and saturated.  Firewood cutters should be prepared for winter weather conditions.  Mountain travel will require extreme care to avoid getting stuck in the mud or snow and causing resource damage to the land and vegetation.

Another concern for late season firewood cutting is the misidentification of live or dead western larch, a highly prized firewood also known as tamarack.  Larch needles turn yellow and fall off at the end of the growing season, which can cause the tree to appear dead when in fact it is only dormant.  Tips on identifying live larch are located in the firewood guide that accompanies each firewood permit.

Firewood permits can be purchased at any Wallowa-Whitman National Forest office or at several local businesses in surrounding communities. Permits cost $5.00 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20.00.  A maximum purchase of 10 cords total, per household, is allowed from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest during the calendar year. 

For more information on the firewood program please contact any Wallowa-Whitman National Forest office or call the Supervisor's Office in Baker City, Oregon at (541) 523-6391.  Additional information is available on our website at