Forest Product Permits

Personal Use Firewood Permit

  • Permit year April 1 - March 31
  • Cost: $5/cord
  • Minimum purchase: 4 cord
  • Maximum purchase: 12 cord

Permits are valid on National Forest and BLM lands in Montana and Idaho. You must keep your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle where it is visible through the windshield. To cut firewood for someone else (third party), authorization must be approved when purchasing the permit.  A lost or stolen permit cannot be replaced or the fee refunded. You must have a valid drivers license or photo ID to purchase.

Firewood Reminders

  • Make certain you are cutting on the national forest. Your permit is only valid on public, national forest system lands. 
  • Do Not Cut firewood in recreation areas, campgrounds,summer home areas,in active timber sales,and in other areas of concentrated use. 
  • Firewood is defined as dead wood- standing or on the ground.
  • Cut a standing dead tree close to the ground, only leaving a low stump.
  • Scatter debris generated from wood gathering away from ditches, streams, and roadways.
  • Fire regulations require that chainsaw operators have a serviceable fire extinguisher and shovel available at all times. Saws must be equipped with an approved spark arresting screen.
  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes and adverse road conditions. 
  • Refer to the forest travel plan to avoid unexpected closures.

Post & Pole Permit

A permit is required to harvest posts and/or poles from National Forest Service lands. Please contact your local Forest Service office for more information.

Christmas Tree Permit

A permit is required for each Christmas tree cut and removed from National Forest in Montana or on public lands served by BLM's Western Montana Field Offices.  Christmas tree permits are also available at vendors during the holiday season for $5.00 per permit.

Tips for making your outing a success......

  • Do not cut in recreation areas or widely space, previously thinned stands. the uniform spacing of tress and obvious stumps identifies thinned areas.
  • Do not cut in designated wilderness areas,campgrounds, within 100 feet of a well traveled roads, in summer home areas, active timber sale areas, and in other areas of concentrated use.
  • Cut your tree close to the ground, leaving a stump less than 10 inches in height. Remove all the limbs on the remaining stump.
  • Select a tree no taller than 12 feet. never cut the top out of a large tree.
  • Cosider cutting your tree as early as possible before snowfall closes your favorite areas.
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and adverse road surfaces.

Christmas Tree Brochure

Mushroom Permit

A permit is required to harvest mushrooms from National Forest Service lands. Please contact your local Forest Service office for more information.

Mushroom Guide

Morel Mushrooms

Rock Collection Permit

A permit is required to harvest rocks or minerals from National Forest Service lands. Please contact your local Forest Service office for more information.