Firewood Permits Available on May 15 for Most Southwest Idaho National Forests

Release Date: Apr 29, 2011  

Contact: Laura Pramuk 208-634-0784 (Payette NF)
David Olson 208-373-4105 (Boise NF)
Julie Thomas 208-737-3262 (Sawtooth NF)

For Immediate Release

McCall, Boise, Twin Falls, ID – Firewood permits (or personal forest product permits) for the Payette and Boise National Forests will go on sale beginning May 15. Permits for the Minidoka and Fairfield Ranger Districts on the Sawtooth National Forest will be issued beginning May 20.

Permits are $12.50 per cord with a 2-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. Permits will be available at USDA - Forest Service Ranger District offices, the Interagency Visitor Center at 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise and several private vendors in Southwest Idaho.

Some firewood cutting areas may not be immediately accessible due to snowdrifts. Firewood cutting in the northern Sawtooth NF, specifically the Ketchum Ranger District and Sawtooth NRA, will be delayed until the end of May or beginning of June. Call the Sawtooth NRA at 727-5000 to check snowmelt and road conditions in these areas.

Once the snow melts, the public is encouraged to cut firewood early in the year because fire restrictions may impact the cutting season later in the summer. However, early season wood cutters should be very careful with wet road conditions and avoid them if rutting or getting stuck is a potential.

All motorized travel related to fuelwood gathering must be in full accordance with Forest Service travel regulations for the area unless specifically exempted in the firewood permit. Firewood cutting is not allowed within riparian areas (adjacent to creeks and rivers). Regulations for each forest are available when permits are issued.

The Payette National Forest has a few free firewood areas. However, a permit is still required. Three free use areas are located on the Payette National Forest in the Hazard Lake, Kinney Point and Secesh Meadows/Warren areas. Specific location information and permit use requirements will be provided with the permit.

Each Forest firewood permit is valid for use on any Forest. However, fuelwood gatherers are required to buy the fuelwood tags, have a current fuelwood brochure and comply with the motor vehicle use map (MVUM) regulations for the cutting area. For additional information, contact the local ranger district offices, or forest websites.

Vendors for the Boise National Forest include:
Ellie’s Store, Idaho City
Donna’s Place, Idaho City
Donna’s Place, Placerville
Idaho City Grocery, Idaho City
Tom’s Service/Sinclair, Idaho City
B&W Fuels, Emmett
Ray’s Corner Market, Horseshoe Bend
East Cleveland Beverage, Caldwell
Garden Valley Chevron, Garden Valley
Emmett Saw and Motor Rentals, Emmett

Boise NF Ranger District Offices include:

Interagency Visitor Center 373-4007
Mountain Home RD 587-7961
Idaho City RD 392-6681
Cascade RD 382-7400
Lowman RD 259-3361
Emmett RD 365-7000
Emmett RD- Garden Valley Work Center 462-3241

Vendors for the Payette National Forest include:

Draper’s Outdoor Power Equipment, Ontario
Dart’s True Value Hardware, Payette
Ridley’s Food & Drug, Weiser
Do It Best, Weiser
Hell’s Canyon Corner, Cambridge
Farmer’s Supply Co-op, Council
Council Mountain Machines, LLC, Council
Old Town Market, McCall
Yellow Pine General Store, Yellow Pine

Payette NF Ranger District Offices include:

Weiser RD 549-4200
Council RD 253-0100
McCall RD 634-0400
New Meadows RD 347-0300

Sawtooth National Forest Vendors are:

Rock Creek General Store, Hansen
Camas Creek Country Store, Fairfield

Sawtooth NF Ranger District Offices Include:

Minidoka RD 678-0430
Ketchum RD 622-5371
Fairfield RD 764-3202
Sawtooth National Recreation Area 727-5013
Stanley RD 774-3000
Sawtooth Supervisor’s Office 737-3200