In an effort to provide increased public service, the Gold Beach Ranger District is now allowing permitted firewood cutting of conifers in the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) quarantine area.
The RRSNF recognizes the importance of providing this opportunity, as many people in nearby communities depend on available firewood to heat their homes.
With this opportunity comes specific responsibility. Permit stipulations must be followed in order to minimize the spread of invasive weeds and Sudden Oak Death. All vehicles must be thoroughly washed prior to entering the National Forest during the wet season. During the dry season, vehicles should be free of soil, seeds and plant parts that could transfer weeds. Visitors should honor closed gates, as well, as gates are often in place for resource protections.
Firewood permits cost $20 for two cords, and are for the removal of standing dead and down evergreen conifers and Pacific madrone that are free of limbs, branches, needles and soil.
Douglas-fir and Pacific madrone firewood permits will now be issued for cutting within specified distances of open roads on the RRSNF. Forest visitors can download the free Motor Vehicle Use Map on the RRSNF website, as well as on the Avenza Maps app.
To avoid spreading Sudden Oak Death, permits for some other tree species will be issued on a site-specific basis. No harvest is allowed within ½ mile of known SOD-infested sites.
Other cutting areas
In addition to roadside cutting areas, there are additional areas included for firewood cutting in the northern portion of the Gold Beach Ranger District. Be sure to refer to associated maps for specific locations of firewood cutting areas and follow conditions on the backside of firewood permit.
The SOD quarantine area has doubled in the last several years to include 519 square miles in southwest Oregon that includes private, state, city and federal lands. SOD is a plant disease caused by the introduced water mold, Phytophthora ramorum. This organism causes disease in over 120 species of trees, shrubs, herbs and ferns and threatens the timber economy, the floral green industry, Christmas tree production and plant nurseries throughout Oregon.
By following permit stipulations, you can help prevent the spread of invasive SOD from your firewood gathering activities while enjoying the benefits of getting affordable, local firewood from the National Forests.
Firewood permits can be obtained at the Gold Beach Ranger District office, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit the RRSNF special forest products webpage for more information, or call the Gold Beach Ranger District office at 541-247-3600.