GOLD BEACH, Ore. — The Gold Beach Ranger District announced today that they will allow the cutting of conifers in the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) quarantine area. The SOD quarantine begins east of Gold Beach and runs south, parallel to the coast (see map).
Ranger Tina Lanier said that this announcement comes as a response to public inquiries. "'The Forest Service has received multiple request from the local community to allow for the cutting of firewood in the quarantine are, and we are responding by providing opportunities to do so.'"
Lanier advises that wood cut within the quarantine area should stay in communities already in that area. Bringing the wood elsewhere carries the risk of spreading SOD.
Cutting within the SOD quarantine will require the purchase of a permit, which costs $20 for two cords. The permit covers standing dead or down conifers and Pacific madrone that are free of limbs, branches, needles, and soil. Permits for madrone and Douglas fir will be issued for cutting within an approved distance of open roads on the national forest.
SOD is a disease caused by a species of water mold, and has ravaged over 120 species of plants throughout Oregon. This quarantine area has doubled in size over the last several years.
Permits can be purchased at the Gold Beach Ranger District office during their Monday - Friday business hours, or in Brookings at the Coos Forest Protection Association Building on Fridays.