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  • Welcome to the Oregon Department of Forestry's North Cascade District
    A view of the Cascade Mountains from the Natural Arch parking lot on the North Cascade District
    The North Cascade District manages the 47,871-acre Santiam State Forest, provides fire protection to 652,000 acres of public and private forestlands, and provides assistance to private forestland owners and ensures best management practices are followed on forestland, in compliance with the Forest Practices Act.

    The District is comprised of two unit offices - the Molalla Unit and the Santiam Unit in Lyons. We invite you to visit our website, explore the North Cascade District, and learn more and enjoy Oregon's many forest benefits that are protected and managed in compliance with the Forest Practices Act.
Spotlight on North Cascade District District Resources and Services
Campfire Restrictions
Campfires are not allowed in the North Cascade District. Continuing hot, dry conditions and increasing fire danger have prompted the North Cascade District to implement a total ban on the use of campfires.
Recreation - Winter Seasonal Closures 
Low-lying fog over the heights of the Santiam State Forest
The North Cascade District offers a range of recreation activities in the Santiam State Forest - an actively managed forest that provides a multitude of benefits to Oregonians. Santiam State Forest campgrounds are all open. 
Fire Information
A North Cascade District firefighter
Fire Prevention
Smokey at rodeo
The North Cascade District is actively involved in all types of fire prevention activity. These links will take you directly to popular fire prevention websites and information on our current projects.




Santiam State Forest
Polly Stout
The Oregon Department of Forestry's North Cascade District invites you to discover your Santiam State Forest, located about 30 miles east of Salem. The forest is actively managed to provide a range of benefits from wood products to wildlife habitat to recreation opportunities.
North Cascade District Annual Reports
Western Trillium 
Burning Information
In the North Cascade District, open burning is the leading cause of wildfires. The Oregon Department of Forestry wants your burning operations to be as safe and successful as possible, and for you to clearly understand your responsibilities. More information on burning is available on this website and by contacting our offices.
Woodcutting Permits
Woodcutting permits for personal use are generally available on the North Cascade District when the district is not in fire season from October to June (weather and availability permitting).
Please contact the North Cascade District's Woodcutting Permit Hotline at (503) 859-4338 to obtain current information and availability.
Special Forest Products
Oyster mushroom
The Oregon Department of Forestry has guidelines for the removal of forest products from state forest lands in northwest Oregon - moss, ferns, rock, bark, and more.

The North Cascade District does not currently issue Special Forest Product permits.