Firewood and Other Forest Products

A permit for forest product collection must be issued before harvesting any firewood, transplants, post and poles, mushrooms, and other forest products; except for the small amounts used for campfires or gathered casually while visiting the forests and grassland and categorized as “incidental use.”  Forest Product Permits will only be sold via email and phone.

Steps to Getting a Permit    Harvest Locations    When to Harvest     Available Products     Permit Conditions    

Steps to get a Firewood and Other Forest Product Permit:

1. Fill out the PDF form found in the link below.

Forest Products Removal Request

2. Save the form to your digital files.

3. Select the appropriate Permit Conditions Document below.

4. Sign and save the Permit Conditions Document to your digital files.

5. Email both completed forms to ARPForestProducts@usda.gov.

6. Wait for Forest Service staff to call for payment.

7. Recieve an email with your offical permit containing a Forest Service staff signature.

8. Print and sign your permit.

9. Carry the permit with you, and as you harvest fill out the "Product Quantity Removal Record" section located on the paper permit. 

Where to Harvest

Permits are organized by Ranger District. On the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland we have 5 ranger districts: 

Map of Ranger Districts that make up the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest

  • Boulder Ranger District:

Does not have designated cutting areas. Forest products may NOT be cut or gathered in wilderness areas, developed recreation sites including: campgrounds, picnic areas, summer home groups, trailheads or private property. Forest products may be collected on Forest Service land that does not meet these restrictions; please use the following map as a guide. 

  • Canyon Lakes Ranger District:

Has very limited cutting this year due to Cameron Peak fire closures. Please use the designated cutting area maps in conjunction with the closure area maps.

  • Clear Creek Ranger District

Does not have designated cutting areas. Forest products may NOT be cut or gathered in wilderness areas, developed recreation sites including: campgrounds, picnic areas, summer home groups, trailheads or private property. Forest products may be collected on Forest Service land that does not meet these restrictions; please use the following map as a guide. 

  • Sulphur Ranger District:

Has designated cutting areas. Please use the designated cutting area maps in conjunction with the East Troublesome closure maps and Williams Fork closure maps.

  • Pawnee National Grasslands: 

‚ÄčDoes not have public-use forest products for sale. 

Please note: The area for harvesting firewood on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District is extremely limited this year due to closures associated with the Cameron Peak fire.
 

When to Harvest 

  • Forest Product Permits are available for purchase mid-spring to mid-fall (generally months May-November). This coincides with the open season for majority of the Forest Service roads and access points across the forest (June 15 – November 15).

  • A permit purchased during the purchasing season may be used until April 30th, 2023. If you plan on transplanting during the early spring (before April 30th), please purchase a transplant permit now, while they are available for purchase.

  • Please purchase and use fuelwood permit early in the summer season, before the spring fuelwood rush!

Types of Products & Associated Fees Per District

The cost of a permit varies according to the product, type of wood to be harvested and the district (Boulder, Canyon Lakes, Clear Creek, Sulphur) it is harvested on. The definition of a "cord" of wood is: a well-stacked pile 8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 4 feet high.

Commercial Permits: Contact the Ranger District you’re interested in for information about any commercial areas that may exist.

Personal Use Permit Details:

2022 Forest Products for Sale

Permit Conditions

The following documents outline rules and restrictions associated with collection of various forest products for each ranger district. Select the permit document that applies to the resource you will be collecting to open a readable PDF document.

Fuelwood Permit Conditions For All Ranger Districts

Transplant Permit Conditions For All Ranger Districts

Mushroom Collection Permit Conditions For All Ranger Districts

Post and Pole Permit Conditions For Sulphur Ranger District

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.