Special Forest Products-Firewood

Permit Required
A Charge Use firewood permit is required to remove firewood from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This permit is intended for the gathering of firewood to be used by person holding the permit.

Only down wood may be gathered for a campfire without a permit. This camp firewood must be used on Forest (You must have a permit to remove firewood from the Forest). Do not cut live trees, standing dead trees, trees with signs, wildlife tags, blazes or with any evidence of wildlife habitation such as nests, or cavities.

Program Documents
Mt. Adams and Mount St. Helens Firewood Program

Permit Application

Permit Attachment

Conditions Attachment

How much firewood can I gather?
The limits on the amount firewood that you are permitted to gather vary by Ranger District, contact the local Ranger District Office

How much does a firewood permit cost?
The cost of a firewood permit is dependent on the amount you want to gather. The Charge Use Product Summary Table shows the price of a permit to gather firewood.

What am I required to have when cutting firewood?
The permit and woodcutting load tickets must be in your possession when cutting firewood. The following equipment is also required at the cutting site when using a power saw:

  • Saw: Exhaust system in good repair and a screen-type spark arrestor of 0.023" or less and qualified under USDA Forest Service Standards.
  • Shovel: Long-handled round point with an 8" blade in possession of operator.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Pressurized chemical of not less than 8-ounce capacity by weight and in possession of operator. 

Where can I cut firewood?
Check with the Forest Service office nearest your destination for a list of areas currently open for firewood cutting.

What can I cut for use as firewood?
There are several ways to mark firewood. Check with local Ranger District to determine how material you are permitted to cut is marked or designated.
When can I cut?
The Ranger District offices offer permits year-round. In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Rules, which regulate activities within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to reduce the chance of starting a forest fire, apply to firewood cutting. The Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) is dependent on the weather and conditions in the woods. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level can be determined by calling or going to the local Forest Service office. The Industrial Fire Precaution Levels may change often so check with Forest Service Office nearest your cutting area on the day you will be cutting firewood.

Level I:
Carry the equipment listed below and stay in the area for one hour after power equipment has been shut off to watch for fire starts.

Level II:
Carry the equipment listed below, SHUT DOWN ALL POWER EQUIPMENT AT 1:00 PM, and stay in the area for one hour after power equipment has been shut off to watch for fire starts.

Level III and IV:
All woodcutting activity is PROHIBITED.

  • Saw: Exhaust system in good repair and a screen-type spark arrestor of 0.023" or less and qualified under USDA Forest Service Standards.
     
  • Shovel: Long-handled round point with an 8" blade in possession of operator.
     
  • Fire Extinguisher: Pressurized chemical of not less than 8-ounce capacity by weight and in possession of operator.

Current Closures and Restrictions

How much firewood can I cut?
The limits on firewood cutting are dependent on the area. One may cut 6 cords of firewood on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, but only 4 cords of firewood on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument or the Mt. Adams Ranger District. In addition there a limit of 6 cords for the entire Forest.

 

Line drawing of a cord of wood, which is 4 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long.Each load ticket allows you to haul 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. If your vehicle is large enough to allow you to transport more than 1/2 cord of wood, a load ticket must be attached for each 1/2 cord of wood hauled. This ticket must be marked to indicate the month and day of use, and be attached to the load when the vehicle is moved from the cutting site.

How much is a cord of wood?
A standard, full cord of wood is a volume of 128 cubic feet, measured as a pile 8 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. A full cord can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.


Line drawing of a small  1/4 ton pickup truck which holds approximately one half a cord.Small Pickup -- 1/4 ton

 

With or without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.
 

 

 

 


Line drawing of a short bed 1/2 ton pickup truck which holds approximately one half a cord.Short Bed Pickup -- 1/2 ton


With or without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.
 

 

 

 


Line drawing of a long bed half or three quarter ton pickup truck which holds approximately one half a cord, with side racks holds a cord.Long Bed Pickup -- 1/2 or 3/4 ton


Without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.
With racks this truck bed holds approximately 1 (one) cord of wood. Two load tickets required.
 

 


 

Line drawing of a standard one ton pickup truck, with high side racks which holds approximately one and a half a cords.Standard Truck -- 1 ton


With high racks this truck bed holds approximately 1-1/2 (one and a half) cords of wood. Three load tickets required.

Please note that trucks may be overloaded when filled with wood. Check the owner's manual for your vehicle to see what load weights the truck can safely haul and make sure your vehicle is licensed for the weight you will be hauling.