A permit is required to remove forest products from Mt. Hood National Forest.
Permits are not required in certain situations: Products may be consumed or used while on the Forest without a permit. For example, small amounts of berries or mushrooms may be eaten in the woods for individual consumption, or firewood (only down wood) may be gathered for a campfire (while camping on the forest), all without a special forest products permit. In general (except where otherwise noted), it is not legal to transport or take special forest products from off of the Forest without a valid permit for use.
The Mt. Hood National Forest is now accepting credit cards and debit cards for payment of permit fees for forest products such as Firewood, Christmas Trees, mushrooms, etc. Cash and checks continue to be accepted.
You may obtain your Special Forest Products permit at any Mt. Hood National Forest Ranger District Office.
Clackamas River Ranger District, Estacada OR: (503) 630-6861
Zigzag Ranger District, Zigzag, OR: (503) 622-3191
Hood River Ranger District, Parkdale, OR: (541) 352-6002
Barlow Ranger District, Dufur, OR: (541) 467-2291
Personal Use Firewood
The 2013 Firewood season opened May 6, 2013.
The firewood season varies depending on weather and supply. Season begins sometime in May or June and ends on November 30. Firewood permits sell for $10.00 a cord, (minimum charge per permit is $20). A maximum of 5 cords a year per household may be purchased for personal use. Firewood cutting areas are designated, and require you to have a PERMIT and a CURRENT Weekly Firewood Information Sheet in your possession. The Weekly Firewood Information Sheet is updated and available every Friday during the open season - either online for printing or at the ranger station.
Mushroom Permit Information
Please Note: picking mushrooms for personal use in the Old Maid Flats (Zigzag) area is limited to 20 persons per day in the Fall and requires a separate dated permit sheet available from the Zigzag Ranger Station.
Printable Maps of Mushroom Harvesting Areas on the Mt. Hood National Forest (Under Construction)
Availability of Special Forest Products varies between each district. All products will be considered upon Special Request.
The Mt. Hood National Forest is now accepting credit cards and debit cards as payment for any forest product permit fee. Cash and checks continue to be accepted.
Products Detailed Information - Special conditions and circumstances may apply that alter the permit rates, timeframes, and/or termination requirements.
Products collected under Free Use permits are for personal use and cannot be sold or exhanged (36 CFR 261.6(f)).
Special Request Process: Obtain a Special Request Form for the Westside or Eastside and complete the requested information. In detail, describe the product you are requesting, the location of the product (include road numbers, mileage from junctions, and what side of the road the material is on), and the quantity you would like to request. Return the form to your local office for review. Review of your request may take up to two weeks. You will be notified when your request has been reviewed.