Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest are hosting a firewood cutting event at Tracy Hill, near White Salmon the weekends of Oct. 5-6 and 12-13.

While open to all, this is a great opportunity in particular for people with disabilities and military veterans to acquire firewood for winter. The event is a win-win for the public, providing valid permit-holders with firewood while removing flammable woody materials from National Forest System lands that were treated as part of fuels management activities.

The wood includes seasoned Douglas-fir in a range of sizes, easily accessible from decks and other piles of pre-cut rounds. Wood quantities are limited and not guaranteed.  

Gifford Pinchot National Forest firewood permits, which cost $10/cord, are required. Minimum purchase is two cords, and maximum purchase is six cords. Permits will be available for purchase on-site on Saturdays only. Other locations that distribute permits include:

• Mt. Adams Ranger Station at 2455 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650, 509-395-3402

• Home Valley Store, 509-427-4105

• Wind River Market, Carson, 509-427-5565

• Main St. Convenience Store, Stevenson, 509-427-5653

Gates to the site open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on October 5-6 and the following weekend October 12-13.

A map to the Tracy Hill site and more details are available on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website.

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