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West Oregon District - Philomath

District Office Contact Information

This is a photo of the sign for the West Oregon District Office.

Oregon Department
of Forestry
West Oregon District
24533 Alsea Highway
Philomath, OR  97370
Phone: 541-929-3266
FAX: 541-929-5549
Office  Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Closed 12:00-1:00 PM
Map and directions to the West Oregon District [PDF]
The West Oregon District has unit offices in Dallas and Toledo.

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West Oregon District Contact Information

 Mike Totey   District Forester  (541) 929-9151
 Ted Erdmann   Assistant District Forester  (541) 929-9152
 Allison Blair   Wildland Fire Supervisor  (541) 929-9156
 Bill Mahr  Stewardship Forester  (541) 929-9160
 Pat MacMeekin 
 Community Wildfire Forester 
 (541) 929-9165
 Chris Humcke   State Forests Supervisor  (541) 929-9169



 (541) 929-3266


West Oregon Fire Dispatch                                                                               (541) 929-9154
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District Overview

Agency Mission:   To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment which will enhance Oregon’s livability and economy for today and tomorrow
The West Oregon District, which is comprised of three unit offices (Philomath, Dallas, and Toledo) is one of five districts and two other “work centers” within the Northwest Oregon Area.  There are a total of fourteen districts and three areas within the Oregon Department of Forestry.  All perform similar work.  The West Oregon District, covering Benton, Lincoln, Polk, and southwest Yamhill counties, provides forest fire and insect and disease prevention, detection and suppression on approximately 1.1 million acres of forestland and contributes to an integrated forest protection system on a statewide basis.  It provides for cooperative work to public and private landowners to supplement the fire protection system. The district provides for environmental protection on commercial forestland through the administration of the Forest Practices Act; administers assistance programs to private forest landowners; and intensively manages approximately 36,634 acres of State Forest Lands on behalf of the Board of Forestry and the Department of State Lands.
The activities of the Department have direct effects on the local residents, forest landowners, and natural resources.  These activities may have significant impacts on social and economic aspects of business and local communities.  The district accomplishes this work with a biennial budget of approximately seven million dollars and employment of 25 permanent and 20 seasonal employees

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Burn Permits

The district OUT OF Fire Season.   Please call the office for smoke and burn information or to

apply for
slash burning permits or submit burn plans.


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Fire Information

The district ended fire season at 12:00 10/14/14.  Regulated use restrictions and closures have terminated for the season as well.





Effective 8:00 a.m., PDT, October 14, 2014
WHEREAS, the menace to life and property heretofore existing due to weather conditions and an excessive amount of flammable debris on certain areas in the State of Oregon have been sufficiently reduced to remove said menace to life and property in certain areas heretofore to regulated use.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the provisions of ORS 477.535 to 477.550, do hereby terminate Regulated Closure #01 that was effective on, July 11, 2014, on all lands in the West Oregon Forest Protection District.
The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.
Maps of the subject area may be viewed at the State Forester's Office, in Salem, Oregon, and at principal offices of the Forest Protection District.
Definitions of words and phrases used in this proclamation may be found in ORS 477.001, OAR 629-041-0005, and at:
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator
            ODF Fire Protection Program
October 14, 2014
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Woodcutting Permits / Special Forest Product Permits

Information Concerning Personal Use Firewood Permit List for Oct. 1, 2014
The ODF West Oregon District will be opening the Fall 2014 Personal Use Firewood Permit List on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 after 8:00 a.m., and begin issuing permits from that list after the close of fire season.  Persons may get their name on this list by calling the Philomath office (541-929-3266) (dial “0” after the recording starts.) on October 1.  You must speak to an ODF staff member in order to get your name on the list.  Leaving a message on the recording WILL NOT place your name on the list.
Additional Talking Points:
·       No firewood permits are issued in active timber sale areas.
·       There are currently several active timber harvest areas which will expire this year.  After these are completed, and if there are cull logs or slash left on the landings, these areas will be designated for personal use permit firewood cutting.
·       Timber harvest areas where wood is left along dirt roads are typically not opened to personal use firewood cutting for safety reasons and in order to protect the road surfaces.
·       Timber harvest areas where wood is left behind locked gates are typically not opened to personal use firewood cutting.  Often these gates are there to protect private landowner’s property.
·       In general, personal use firewood permits are not issued for random or scattered downed wood.  This is due to the fact that district lands are intermixed with private land.  Unless district personnel know that the wood is located on ODF land, we will not issue a permit.
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