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GOLD BEACH — In an effort to provide increased public service, the Gold Beach Ranger District is now allowing firewood cutting of conifers, with a permit, in the Sudden Oak Death quarantine area.

To prevent conflicts with the danger tree removals and proposed Chetco Bar timber salvage efforts, the Chetco Bar fire area will provide limited firewood opportunities in the southern part of the fire below the road 1893/1107 junction. As the danger tree and salvage efforts progress, other portions of the fire will be opened up for firewood gathering.

Permit stipulations must be followed in order to minimize the spread of SOD, Port-Orford cedar root disease (Phytophthora lateralis) and invasive weeds. 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.

All SOD firewood permits cost $20 for two cords 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 national forest. To avoid spreading SOD with more than 120 host plant species, 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.

Firewood permits can be obtained at the Gold Beach Ranger District office, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Permits can also be obtained in Brookings at the Coos Forest Protection Association on the first and third Friday of each month.

For more information, call the Gold Beach Ranger District Office at 541-247-3600.

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