Willamette National Forest offers free firewood permits

Willamette National Forest will begin offering free firewood permits starting Oct. 1. 

Willamette and the other national forests of Oregon and Washington, in Region 6 of the U.S. Forest Service ,are transitioning their firewood program to become a free use firewood program to the public. Those who receive free use firewood permits may use firewood for cutting, manufacturing, handling, or other processing, but not for resale.

Charge permits are available for individuals who wish to resell firewood. The regional minimum rate for firewood charge permits remains unchanged at $5 per cord. 

“We are pleased to be able to offer free personal use firewood across the National Forests in Oregon and Washington,” said Regional Forester, Glenn Casamassa. “This change will benefit people who rely on firewood as their primary heat source and will allow us to dispose of material that otherwise would have a cost to burn or remove.” 

The following National Forests will transition to free use firewood beginning October 1, 2021: Mt. Baker Snoqualmie, Mt. Hood, Olympic, Rogue-River Siskiyou, Siuslaw, Umpqua and Willamette. 

A second transition will occur no later than January 1, 2022, for the following National Forests: Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Gifford Pinchot, Malheur, Ochoco, Okanogan-Wenatchee, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman. 

The Colville National Forest has offered free use firewood since 2019 and will continue. 

Free firewood permits are only valid during the current firewood season for the forest on which they were issued. Permits will not be available for purchase outside of the forest’s firewood season. Forest Supervisors will designate free use firewood areas on all or parts of units that are compatible with land management plans and will establish the annual limit on the number of cords of free use an individual may collect. 

The total amount of free use material granted to an individual in any fiscal year cannot exceed $200 in value. Additional free use may be granted by district rangers or forest supervisors in cases of hardship or unusual need. Free use of green material may be declined where supply is limited, or other conditions justify. 

For more information regarding the local free use firewood program, contact the Sweet Home Ranger District at (541) 367-5168.