Firewood Permits

The Chequamegon-Nicolet NF has issued a FIREWOOD RESTRICTION ORDER that bans the possession, storage, or transport of any firewood that originates from outside the state of Wisconsin or more than 25 miles from the destination point unless certified (refer to Order # R913-09-02).  This order is intended to stop the spread of invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer.

Cost: Currently, the charge is $5.00 per cord, with a four (4) cord minimum (1 cord equals 4' x 4' x 8'). TSA requirement: Product – Fuel wood, Code 07; Unit of Measure – CCF, Code 03.

Through May 31, 2021, firewood collection does not require a permit; however, collection is limited to personal use and may not be resold. Additional restrictions apply.  ‚Äč


  1. No live trees may be cut unless designated in writing by the District Ranger on the permit.
  2. Firewood cutting is permitted along any road that is open for motor vehicle use identified on the Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) with the exception of those roads that traverse an otherwise prohibited area, such as Research Natural Areas or Developed Recreation Sites. Travel Management Rules must be followed.
  3. Firewood may only be taken within 150 feet of the edge of the open road.   Standing dead trees may be felled for firewood if they are 18 inches or less in diameter (measured at 4.5 feet above the ground).  Standing dead trees over 18 inches in diameter (measured at 4.5 feet above the ground) may not be felled.  Dead and down trees less than 18 inches in diameter may be removed for firewood.
  4. Prior to removing firewood from  a timber sale area (normally marked with paint on the trees and having signs of active or recent cutting) contact the nearest Ranger District Office for locations within the timber sale area where firewood gathering can occur.  District offices can provide information about timber sale areas where logging slash is available for firewood.  Firewood gathering must be done without interfering with timber sale operations.
  5. Trees marked with paint or tags may not be cut unless described otherwise on the permit.
  6. Trees within 100 feet of beaver ponds, lakes, streams, or rivers may not be cut.
  7. The use of tractors, rubber-tire skidders, ATVs, and similar vehicles is not allowed.
  8. Maximum length of firewood pieces is 48 inches.
  9. Firewood volume is limited to a maximum of 12 cords (1 cord = 4’x4’x8’) per permittee per year on the Forest.
  10. Firewood may be gathered without a permit by persons camping in developed or dispersed National Forest recreation sites, with the quantity limited to an amount needed at the site.  Such firewood collected must remain in the recreation site.