The Stanislaus National Forest is located in the eastern center of California.
Where is this Forest?


Passes & Permits


Recreation Passes

National passes cover entrance fees found at federal recreation areas such as National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day use sites on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year.

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Forest Product Permits

A variety of products ranging from fuelwood to edible delights are part of the category called Special Forest Products. Decorative floral greens, cones, mushrooms, boughs, rocks and poles are just some of the products which come from the forest.
The availability of Special Forest Products varies by location. Like other forest resources, they must be carefully managed to protect them and ensure a lasting supply for the future. Permits are issued for many products and a minimal fee may be charged. Contact a local District Office first to see if permits are required.

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Campfire Permits

A California campfire permit is required for a fire outside a designated recreation site. A permit is available free-of-charge from any Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Bureau of Land Management office. Go to our Campfire Permit page for information on how to obtain a campfire permit.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months or both, 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571.

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Special Use Permits

"Special Uses" provides services supporting our national policy and federal land laws by authorizing uses on National Forest System (NFS) land, other than the typical small-scale uses (recreation, camping, etc) enjoyed by the public. Special uses may involve everything from outfitting & guide activities, ski resorts, lodging, and marinas to energy transmission and development, commercial filming, and much more.

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Please be advised that cutting a Christmas tree in the Stanislaus National Forest is prohibited and permits are not available for this use. To learn more about where you may cut a Christmas tree in National Forest lands in California, click here.


Where May I Cut A Christmas Tree?

Where may I cut a Christmas tree? The Stanislaus National Forest does not issue Christmas Tree Permits, however there are several Christmas Tree Farms in the area and several National Forest in California that do sell permits. READ MORE

Recreation Fee Program

The majority of the recreation fees collected stay on the forest and go right back into operating, maintaining and improving the recreational opportunities visitors use and value the most - campgrounds, developed day use sites, boat ramps, trails, rental cabins and lookouts, and much more. Funds are also used to provide enhanced services such as interpretive programs, visitor information , and transportation systems. Take a look at the forest accomplishment reports for specific details on how your fees were used.

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