Oregon and Washington National Forests Launch Free-to-Use Firewood Program | Local News
The Oregon and Washington National Forests in USDA Forest Service Region 6 are transitioning from their firewood program to a free-to-use firewood program for the public. Those who receive free firewood permits can use firewood for cutting, manufacturing, handling or other processing, but not for resale. Load permits are available for individuals wishing to resell firewood. The regional minimum rate for firewood charge permits remains unchanged at $ 5 per cord.
“We are delighted to be able to provide free personal firewood in the national forests of Oregon and Washington,” said regional forester Glenn Casamassa. “This change will benefit people who depend on firewood as their primary source of heat and allow us to eliminate materials that would otherwise have a cost to burn or remove.”
The following National Forests will switch to free firewood effective October 1: Mt. Baker Snoqualmie, Mt. Hood, Olympic, Rogue-River Siskiyou, Siuslaw, Umpqua and Willamette.
A second transition will take place no later than January 1, 2022 for the following national forests: Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Gifford Pinchot, Malheur, Ochoco, Okanogan-Wenatchee, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman.
Colville National Forest has offered free use firewood since 2019 and will continue with the same level of service to the public.
Free firewood permits are only valid during the current firewood season for the forest in which they were issued. Permits will not be available for purchase outside of the forest firewood season. Forestry supervisors will designate areas of free use firewood on all or part of the units that are compatible with land use plans and establish the annual limit on the number of free use ropes that an individual can collect. The total amount of free-use material granted to an individual during a fiscal year cannot exceed $ 200 in value (36 CFR 223.8). Additional free use may be granted by district rangers or forest supervisors in the event of difficulties or unusual needs. The free use of green material may be refused when the offer is limited or other conditions justify it.
For more information on the Free Firewood Use Program, please contact Mike Spisak, Deputy Regional Director of Natural Resources, [email protected]