Firewood Permits

Personal use firewood permits are available. A permit must be acquired by anyone harvesting any firewood on the National Forest, except for the rather small amounts used in a campfire and gathered at the campfire site. As we work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19, firewood permits will only be sold via email, and permit holders may begin cutting after their permit and load tags are received via U.S. Postal Service

Please note: We are currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests that affect firewood cutting. We also have two large closures in place on the Canyon Lakes and Sulphur Ranger Districts due to the Cameron Peak and Williams Fork Fires. No entry is allowed in those areas.

We are currently experiencing longer than normal processing times to issue firewood permits. Your request is important to us and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Steps to get a Firewood Permit:

1.  Submit an email to ARPForestProducts@usda.gov with the following information:

  • Name of person the permit will be issued to and will sign as the responsible party.
  • Residential address
  • Mailing address for the permit
  • Phone number with area code
  • Driver's license number & state of issuance
  • Vehicle information:
    • Year
    • Make and Model
    • Color
    • State of issued license plate and the license plate number of vehicle(s) that will be used to collect product
    • Ranger District you want to cut and collect firewood on
    • Number of cords you would like to purchase. (See limits by district below)

2.  When we receive your information we will start the process and generate your permit and call you for your credit card information to complete the purchase. Please note this process can take up to two weeks. Once the purchase is completed:

  • We will send you the permit via email.
  • Upon receipt sign both copies of the permit and email back to us. This can be an e-signature.‚Äč

3. Once we received the signed permit, you will be mailed: Your approved permit with the comprehensive list of rules, regulations, load tags and instructions.

Types of Permits & Associated Fees Per District

The cost of a permit varies according to the product, type of wood to be harvested and the district it is harvested on, there is a $20 minimum charge. The definition of a "cord" of wood is: a well-stacked pile 8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 4 feet high.

Personal Use Paid Permits allow the cutting of down and dead wood or standing dead wood that meets certain criteria (see below) in specified areas.  District details are as follows:

  • Boulder Ranger District (Boulder and Gilpin counties) - Cost is $20 per cord for aspen, pine and mixed conifer. There is a 5 cord/household/year is the maximum quantity allowed. 
  • Canyon Lakes Ranger District  (Larimer County) - Cost is $20 per cord for aspen, pine and mixed conifer. There is a 10 cord/household/year maximum quantity allowed. Please note: No cutting is allowed in the Cameron Peak Fire Area Closure.

  • Clear Creek Ranger District  (Clear Creek and southern Gilpin Counties) - Cost is $20 per cord for pine and mixed conifer. There is a 5 cord/household/year maximum quantity allowed. *Dead Aspen is $20 per cord with a 1 cord limit. 

  • Sulphur Ranger District  (Grand County) - Cost is $12 per cord for aspen, pine and mixed conifer. The minimum purchase allowed is $24 and there There is a 5 cord/household/year maximum quantity allowed. Please note: No cutting is allowed in the Williams Fork  Fire Area Closure.

  • Pawnee National Grassland (Weld County)- Not available. Gathering firewood on the Pawnee National Grassland is PROHIBITED.

Commercial Permits for collecting firewood to sell in a commercial capacity for profit are not available. Personal Use Paid Permits are not allowed to be used to collect firewood to sell to someone else. Contact the Ranger District of which district you're inquiring about for information about any commercial areas that may exist.

Load Tag System

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests personal use firewood program is using the load ticket (tag) system. View Tag System Instructions.

Permit Conditions

  • We are currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests that affect firewood cutting and require special equipment.
  • Firewood may not be sold, exchanged or used in business. In other words, you cannot buy a personal use paid permit to collect firewood and then sell the wood to someone else. That falls under a Commercial Permit, which is only allowed in specific areas and in rare occasions. Check with a ranger station to see if any commercial areas are available.
  • Wood is only to be cut or gathered in areas specified on the permit.
  • Stump height not to exceed 12 inches.
  • Power saws must have a 0.023 stainless steel spark arrestor screen.
  • The amount of wood gathered must be recorded on the permit in ink and the appropriate number of load tickets must be attached to the load before leaving the cutting area.
  • Cut on National Forest land only.
  • Chain saw restrictions may apply during fire season.
  • All permits issued in 2020 expire December 31, 2020.

Not all dead wood is fair game

  • Trimming dead limbs from live trees is not permitted on the forest, and standing dead trees may only be cut if they meet specific standards. Before cutting any dead tree check it carefully for signs of wildlife habitation.

 





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