New firewood cutting areas opened
- Bill Sheehy
- Central Oregonian - News
>The Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland have opened new areas to firewood cutting. As with all Forest Service fire wood cutting areas, permits are required.The Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland have opened new areas to firewood cutting. As with all Forest Service fire wood cutting areas, permits are required.
Area No.1: This is located within the existing open woodcutting area on Prineville Ranger District. It is north of Forest Road 2720 between roads 2725 and 2740. The area was thinned in spring 2001. Available material consists of cut Douglas-fir, western juniper and ponderosa pine up to 9 inches in diameter.
Area No.2: This area has been added to the established open woodcutting area shown in the "2001 Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Synopsis and Maps." It includes both sides of Forest Road 2745 from its junction with Forest Road 27 north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The area contains several precommercial thinning units that have been completed and some that are in progress. All units are open for firewood cutting. The available material includes cut lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, western larch, ponderosa pine and white fir up to 9 inches in diameter. The area includes additional older dead and down material as well.
Maps of these areas are available at local Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices.
Area No.3: The Bateson woodcutting area on the Crooked River National Grassland reopened on Oct. 15. Access from Highway 26 to milepost 15 south from Madras, then turn north. Originally closed as part of the travel plan area, this woodcutting area is again open until conditions become too wet, or until Nov. 30 whichever comes first. Live and dead juniper material is available. The units are marked with fluorescent pink flagging and/or signs. Do not cut Designated Wildlife Trees. They will have orange paint or wildlife signs identifying those trees.
People are encouraged to utilize the material in these areas. It will help reduce fuel (vegetation) and associated fire hazard. Some of the material may still be partially green and will need to dry before it is burned. All current woodcutting rules and conditions apply in these new areas.
For more information, maps and permits contact the Ochoco National Forest headquarters at 3050 NE Third Street.