The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Tillamook District will begin selling personal woodcutting permits for down and dead wood starting Oct. 7.
Woodcutting areas will be designated within four basins located in the state forest: Trask/Tillamook River; Wilson River; Kilchis/Miami River; and Nehalem River.
Woodcutters are advised to be familiar with the basin areas. There is no guarantee wood will be available at any location, according to ODF.
Officials said the following woodcutting guidelines apply:
- Woodcutting is allowed only within areas designated on permit map;
- Live trees, downed old growth and cedar logs cannot be cut into firewood;
- Woodcutters must follow environmental guidelines established on permit;
- Permits are issued for personal use only, not for resale;
- Permits will not be extended due to acts of nature, and;
- Violators will not be allowed to obtain a personal woodcutting permit for a period of one year from the date of violation.
ODF stated personal woodcutting permits must be purchased at the Tillamook District Office, located at 5005 Third Street in Tillamook. The cost of a personal woodcutting permit is $20 for two cords. Permits are sold Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except during holidays.
In order to purchase a permit, the following rules are established:
- Only one permit at a time will be issued per person or household;
- The license plate number of the vehicle transporting firewood is required;
- You can only purchase a permit for yourself;
- Checks are not accepted for permit purchase;
- A limit of 3 permits in the woodcutting season (usually October through June), effective October 7th, will be issued per person or household, and;
- Permits are valid until two cords are gathered, but no longer than three weeks from the day of purchase.
For further information call the office or woodcutting recording (after 5 p.m.) at 503-842-2548.