Free Personal Use Firewood Cutting May 15 – October 1

Personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public from May 15, 2020, through October 1, 2020, on the Pine Valley Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest.  See map for open area

A permit will be required during this time and can be obtained by contacting either the Pine Valley Ranger District or the Cedar City Ranger District offices.

Woodcutters can take up to 4 cords of firewood for personal use.  Any amount of wood beyond the 4 cords will need to be acquired through the normal procedure of a $20 minimum permit which can be purchased at any of the district offices.   A cord is the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.  See 2020 Free Firewood Conditions & Information sheet

Personal use firewood cutting allows you to remove downed timber or to cut standing dead trees or green pinion pine and juniper and gambel oak under most conditions on the Dixie National Forest.  It’s important to check with the local ranger district to see if there are any specific local restrictions or requirements other than those listed below.  This authority does not apply to lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

In addition, forest officials request that woodcutters also follow these requirements:

  • Do not drive on snow-covered or mud covered roadways where resources will be damaged due to wet conditions and adhere to all temporary road closures.
  • Do not fell green (live) trees for firewood unless they are gambel oak, pinion pine, or juniper.
  • Do not cut standing dead trees or down logs with signs, tags or paint marks on them.
  • Firewood gathering is only allowed in the designated area on the map that will be included with the permit and is prohibited in all developed recreation areas, campgrounds, Administrative sites, public inholdings, National Monument Land, and wild and scenic river corridors.
  • Firewood gathering is prohibited within timber sale units or other areas signed or shown on the firewood gathering area map as being closed to firewood gathering.
  • Trees or logs must NOT be felled or skidded across live streams, lakes, or reservoirs. If a tree is accidentally felled into a waterway, leave the entire tree.  Firewood gathering is prohibited within 150 feet of any running stream, pond, lake, marshy, or wet area.
  • No cutting or gathering of bristlecone pine.
  • Lop and scatter all slash to within 2 feet of the natural surface.
  • The following activities are prohibited:  using over-the-terrain vehicles for skidding, yarding or skidding systems in excess of 100 feet, log trucks for hauling, or vehicles driven off roadways to gather firewood.
  • Eight feet is the maximum length piece that may be removed under the firewood program.

The following are fire regulations for vehicles and chainsaws (during proclaimed fire season):

  • Chainsaw operators must have a serviceable fire extinguisher (liquid chemical 8 oz. or dry chemical 1 lb.) and shovel available at all times.
  • Chainsaws must be equipped with an approved spark arrester screen.
  • All vehicles must be equipped with a baffled muffler and serviceable tailpipe.

Firewood obtained is intended for personal use only.  Free use firewood may not be resold.  Inquire by phone or email with your local District offices regarding commercial firewood permits.

Persons may gather firewood on behalf of someone else physically unable to gather on their own.

Pile or lop and scatter slash away from roads, power lines, telephone lines, ditches and stream courses.

Woodcutters should also use caution while driving on Forest Service roads.  Roads may be wet and muddy and the soft roadbed can easily be damaged by vehicle traffic.  Observe all road closures and area closures.           

For more information and guidelines contact either the Cedar City Ranger District or the Public Lands information Center at the numbers listed below.

Please contact your local district office for updates and more information.

Cedar City Ranger District
Cedar City
(435) 865-3200

Public Lands Information Center
St. George

(435) 688-3246


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