The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
Where is this Forest?


Forest Products Permits

Firewood Permits

Permits for dead and down wood are issued for personal use for as few as two cords or as many as five cords per calendar year.  The cost is $20 for 2 cords and $10 for each additional cord up to 5 maximum.  

The personal use firewood permit covers most of the White Mountain National Forest, excluding active timber sales, developed recreation areas, designated Wilderness, and the Bartlett and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests.  

Need to know before purchasing a firewood permit: 

  • A permit can be purchased with cash or check made out to the 'US Forest Service'.
  • At the time of purchase please provide a valid drivers license and vehicle registration for the vehicle that will be used to collect the firewood.
  • The permit expires December 31 in the calendar year it was issued.


Christmas tree permits

Create special memories by bringing your family to the White Mountain National Forest to cut your own Christmas tree.  

You will need a permit to cut any Christmas tree in the National Forest.  These can be purchased for $5 at any of the Forest offices.

Need to know about Christmas tree permits:

  • A permit can be purchased with cash or check made out to the 'US Forest Service'.
  • Trees are for personal use by the purchaser only, not for resale or transfer.  Each family may cut one tree per permit (one Christmas tree permit per family).
  • Use only hand tools to cut Christmas trees.  Chainsaws are not permitted.
  • Make sure you are on National Forest land.  Respect the rights of landowners when crossing private property.
  • Do not  cut trees in or near campgrounds, picnic areas, Experimental Forests, Wilderness, active timber sales, or within 100' of a state highway.  Ask if there are any known "off limit" areas.
  • Do not cut trees larger than 8" in diameter at chest height.  Pack down limb piles low enough so they are within 2' of the ground.  Scatter limbs and wood at least 25 feet away from roads, streams, hiking trails, and property boundaries.
  • Cut your tree so remaining stumps will be less than 10" in height.  
  • Tree tags may be used as temporary Recreation Passes.  Place the tag prominently on the dashboard while searching for a tree.  Once the tree is at the vehicle, the tree must be tagged before transporting.