Wallowa County residents renew push against forest road closures over firewood worries

By Richard Cockle, The Oregonian
on December 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM, updated December 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

JOSEPH — Without firewood, Wallowa County could become a very cold place — the crux of a renewed push to convince the U.S. Forest Service not to close thousands of miles of tree-lined roads in territory where rural Oregon lifestyles are bound up with chainsaws, logging roads and wood-burning stoves.
People in the northeastern Oregon county burn 4,744 cords of firewood a year — equal to 556 log truck loads. Almost 80 percent of the county’s households heat with wood, not gas, oil or electricity, a new county-sponsored survey shows. Twenty-two percent have no alternative source of heat. READ MORE >>