Special Forest Products: Firewood

Permit Required

A Charge Use firewood permit is required to remove firewood from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This permit is intended for the gathering of firewood to be used by person holding the permit.

Only down wood may be gathered for a campfire without a permit. This camp firewood must be used on the Forest. (You must have a permit to remove firewood from the forest.) Do not cut live trees, standing dead trees, trees with signs, wildlife tags, blazes or with any evidence of wildlife habitation such as nests, or cavities.

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Firewood Questions

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How much firewood can I gather?

How much does a firewood permit cost?

What am I required to have when cutting firewood?

Where can I cut firewood?

What can I cut for use as firewood?

What about invasive pests in firewood?

When can I cut?

How much firewood can I cut?

 

How much is a cord of wood?

A standard, full cord of wood is a volume of 128 cubic feet, measured as a pile 8 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. A full cord can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.


Line drawing of a small  1/4 ton pickup truck which holds approximately one half a cord.Small Pickup -- 1/4 ton

 

With or without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.
 


Line drawing of a short bed 1/2 ton pickup truck which holds approximately one half a cord.Short Bed Pickup -- 1/2 ton


With or without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.
 

  


Line drawing of a long bed half or three quarter ton pickup truck which holds approximately one half a cord, with side racks holds a cord.Long Bed Pickup -- 1/2 or 3/4 ton


Without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.
With racks this truck bed holds approximately 1 (one) cord of wood. Two load tickets required.
 


 

Line drawing of a standard one ton pickup truck, with high side racks which holds approximately one and a half a cords.Standard Truck -- 1 ton


With high racks this truck bed holds approximately 1-1/2 (one and a half) cords of wood. Three load tickets required.

Please note that trucks may be overloaded when filled with wood. Check the owner's manual for your vehicle to see what load weights the truck can safely haul and make sure your vehicle is licensed for the weight you will be hauling.