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Firewood cutting areas opens April 1

Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Permits are available at the following locations:
   Central Oregon's federal land management agencies (which include the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management) will open several areas to personal firewood cutting Sunday, April 1. All firewood cutting areas on the Ochoco will remain closed until May for resource protection due to wet or muddy roads.
   Firewood cutting maps and permits can be purchased at Forest Service and BLM offices and several vendors throughout Central Oregon. The permits will cost $10/cord and will become available beginning today.
   Vendors issue firewood permits as a public service in cooperation with Central Oregon federal land management agencies. This year a $1 service fee will be added to each permit issued by a vendor to help defray the cost of issuing the permits. Permits issued at government offices will not include this fee.
   Most remaining firewood on public lands is small and on the ground. Tree mortality that has occurred over winter is likely to be cut and removed by wood-cutters during the spring. Supplies will be limited for late season woodcutters. In addition to the firewood cutting sites identified on the map, a few small areas with limited wood may open and close within the season. Ask your local office for the location and status of these areas.
   Spring is the breeding and nesting season for many bird species. Spring wood-cutters should pay special attention to snags to ensure they are not being used for wildlife habitat. Please avoid cutting in areas where you notice nests, holes or other activity that may suggest the snag is being used as a home for wildlife.
   Many areas opening April 1 are easily accessible in the morning when roads are frozen, but as temperatures rise during the day, these roads get soft and vehicles create ruts, cause erosion and damage soils and vegetation. Please tread softly and avoid cutting in areas where you may damage roads, soils and vegetation.
   in Prineville: Ochoco National Forest Headquarters - 416-6500 Prineville District of the BLM - 416-6700
    Prineville Sporting Goods - 447-6883 Big Summit Ranger District Office - 416-6645
   in Paulina: Paulina Ranger District Office - 477-6900