Forest Products Permits

Firewood Cutting Permits


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


Permit Cost  

The cost for a cord of firewood is $5.00. The minimum purchase is $20.00 for four cords of firewood. A maximum purchase of 12 cords total of personal firewood cutting per household is allowed during the calendar year. Those requiring more than twelve cords or want to harvest fuelwood to sell, may purchase a commercial firewood permit for $10.00 per cord ($20.00 minimum permit) at district offices. 


Where to get permits

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



Pendleton, OR
Southgate Mini-Mart
Pilot Rock, OR
Mentzer & Elliott
J&D’s Food Mart
Kennewick, WA
Farmer's Exchange
Clarkston, WA
Schurman's True Value
Hell's Canyon NRA
Pomeroy, WA
Pomeroy Foods
P.F. Express
Last Resort
Pasco, WA
Columbia Grain & Feed
Dayton, WA
Conoco General Store

Spray, Oregon
Lone Elk Market

Lazy Wolf Lodge

Elgin, OR
S&W Hardware
Tollgate, OR
Tollgate Store
Athena, OR
Athena Grocery
Ukiah, OR
Rhode’s Supply
Heppner, OR
Heppner Mobil
Hermiston, OR
Smitty’s Ace Hardware
Dale, OR
Dale Store
  Walla Walla, WA
CHS-Farmer's Co-Op



Where to Cut Firewood 

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. No standing or down ponderosa pine are to be cut or removed.  For identification information on the logs and trees in this area see US Forest Service Field Guide for the Identification of Snags and Logsin the Interior Columbia River Basin

 Do not cut any live trees!


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. 


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.

Ax: Minimum 2lb. head, 26" length

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 office for information on a commercial firewood sale or a Forest Product Sale Permit (also known as a commercial fuelwood permit)