Forest Products Permits

Firewood

Beginning May 1, 2021, personal and commercial use firewood collection season will resume on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland. All areas will remain open through November 30, 2021.

While many of the permit requirements were waived in 2020, the public will again be required to purchase firewood permits and tag their loaded firewood in 2021. While U.S. Forest Service offices remain closed to the public, individual permits can be purchased for $10 per cord (with a two cord minimum) from a variety of Central Oregon vendors. Each household may purchase up to 8 cords annually.

2021 Central Oregon Firewood Synopsis & Maps

Deschutes-Ochoco Firewood Synopsis

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.

You can purchase firewood permits from one of our vendor locations or by contacting our offices by phone and a permit will be sent to you.

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. Maps of the BLM area are available at permit vendor locations and by calling the Prineville BLM at (541) 416-6700.

 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

In 2021, free use native plants and mushroom permits are now available. The permitting process for these special forest products is unique to each district so the public will need to choose the Ranger District they would like to visit and contact them directly for permitting information:

  • Deschutes National Forest
    • Bend-Fort Rock RD:   541-383-5300
    • Sisters Ranger District:  541-549-7700
    • Crescent Ranger District:  541-433-3200
       
  • Ochoco National Forest
    • Lookout Mountain and Paulina Ranger Districts:  541-416-6500
    • Crooked River National Grassland:  541-416-6640

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 Deschutes 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 the one of the Deschutes National Forest's Ranger District to find out about commercial permits.

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.  

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.  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. 

For general questions, or to inquire about a charge or commercial SFP permit, or to request a free use permit for “Other SFPs”, please call one of the Deschutes National Forest's Ranger Districts and ask for the Special Forest Products specialist.

Holiday Tradition - Cutting Your Christmas Tree!

Christmas tree cutting on the Ochoco National Forest has been a holiday tradition for many years. To help protect the future of this program, we ask that you take special care to read and follow the guidelines for collecting your tree and the instruction printed on your Christmas tree permit/tag.

Finding the Perfect Tree

The most popular tree species used for Christmas Trees are Douglas-fir, White fir, Noble fir and sometimes, Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines.

In general, pines can be found on flatter ground at lower elevations around Bend and on south and west facing slopes around Prineville. Firs and Cedars are found at higher elevations around Bend and Sisters and on north and east facing slopes around Prineville.

  • How you collect your Christmas Tree can be half the fun... Try cross-country skiing into less accessible areas!
  • Branches trimmed from your tree may be used as Holiday greens. Recycle!
  • Check with your county landfill. Most will recycle trees free of charge through the end of January. (Commercial lots excluded. Please no tinsel or flocked trees.)

Guidelines and Restrictions for collecting your Christmas Trees

  • One permit is required for each Christmas Tree....
  • Five permits maximum, per household. Permits are $5.00 each.
  • Cut your Christmas Tree only on National Forest lands.
  • Select any tree species that is less than 12 feet tall.
  • Only take a tree that is within 20 feet of another tree. Cut stumps shorter than 12 inches.
  • Respect road and area closures. Motorized travel for the purpose of cutting your tree must comply with restriction found on Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps.

Please do not cut trees:

  • On private property.
  • Within 150 feet of state highways, picnic areas, campgrounds and other developed areas.
  • Within 300 feet of streams and bodies of water.
  • Within young tree plantations (nursery grown seedlings planted for future forests).
  • Within designated Wilderness areas.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/deschutes/passes-permits/forestproducts