Firewood, Post and Pole Permits Required on Public Lands

Release Date: Mar 15, 2012  


Firewood, Post and Pole Permits Required on Public Lands


Cutting firewood for personal use is a central Idaho tradition. Pickup trucks, trailers and stake-side flatbed trucks stacked high with firewood or posts and poles are routinely seen around the local communities.  Most of the loads have validated load removal tickets posted properly on them.  However, some are seen without validated load tickets.  It is illegal to remove forest products from National Forest System Lands and Public Lands without a permit and validated load tickets. Visit the Public Lands Center in Salmon or any of the Ranger District Offices in Challis, Mackay, Leadore or North Fork during business hours to obtain personal use permits, load tickets and other information about firewood gathering.


All permits must be signed and the load accountability portion on the front of the permit must be filled out in ink. Load tags must be properly date punched and displayed on the load before the wood is transported.


If a permittee is not able to cut their own wood they may enter an agreement with a third party woodcutter. However, the third party woodcutter must come to the office at the time the permit is purchased to sign the third party agreement.


The Salmon-Challis National Forest and local BLM Field Office are working to keep public use permit rates low.  In order to maintain current rates into the future they need your help by following the terms of the permit. Cut only dead trees in areas where cutting is allowed, clean up slash, and follow fire requirements and restrictions.  You likely will see an increase in Forest Service and BLM personnel out in the woods, making personal contacts, and checking permits and load tags.