Personal Firewood Permits

Firewood PileFirewood permits are required to cut, gather, and transport firewood on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The permit availability, cost, types of wood, cutting areas, and season can vary depending on the Ranger District.

It is also extremely important for firewood cutters to pay special attention to the terms and conditions of their permit. A permit is good for gathering firewood from the time of purchase through the termination date stated on the permit.

Even though permits are available, some cutting areas could still be inaccessible due to snow or wet conditions. Woodcutters should contact the Ranger District where they plan to cut to check road conditions before heading out to cut wood.

Proper and responsible use of vehicles on Forest roads is important to ensure roads remain in good shape for all visitors. Causing damage to roads and other Forest resources can be a violation of federal regulations, which could carry a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Even though it is suggested that vehicles should park completely off the main roadway and no more than one car length from roads, woodcutters need to avoid driving off the road onto wet, unstable ground. This will help prevent them from getting stuck or leaving behind large, deep ruts.

Late spring and early fall are the best times to cut firewood. In mid-summer, as the woods dry out and temperatures heat up, restrictions may be imposed due to high fire danger. Restrictions could include limiting chainsaw use to hours before 1 p.m. or enacting temporary area closures.

Forest officials would also like to remind woodcutters that they cannot cut trees in administrative sites, such as campgrounds, as doing so would create unnecessary risk of injury to people and property. Also, a dead tree is one that does not have any green needles on it, otherwise it is considered a live tree. Do not cut a tree with visible signs of wildlife using it as a home.   

In addition, a fire extinguisher and shovel are required when using a chainsaw for cutting firewood. For an up-to-date listing of fire restrictions visit: https://bit.ly/HTNFFireRestrictions or https://bit.ly/FireRestrictionsFAQs for answers to frequently asked questions.

Ranger District Firewood Programs

 

Austin-Tonopah Ranger District

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DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

$10 per cord

Minimum Purchase

2 cords (each purchase)

Maximum Purchase

10 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

BY PHONE ONLY

Austin Office
100 Midas Canyon Road
Austin, NV 89310
 

Tonopah Office 
1400 S. Erie Main St.
Tonopah, NV 89049

775-346-1509
 
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closed Holidays

Availability

Year-Round

Permit Expires

December 31

Maps

Provided when permit is purchased.

Additional Info

 

 Purchase Directions

To minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19, firewood permits can only be purchased by calling the Ranger District office. Permit holders may begin cutting and collecting wood only after their permit and load tags are received via U.S. Postal Service. 

 

Bridgeport Ranger District

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DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

$10 per cord

Minimum Purchase

2 cords (each purchase)

Maximum Purchase

10 cords per calendar year

Purchase Location

IN PERSON

Walker General Store
106651 US-395
Coleville, CA 96107
530-495-2911

Mon. - Sun. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BY PHONE ONLY

Bridgeport Ranger District
760- 932-7070

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Holidays

BY MAIL

Pick up a permit application outside the office and mail the completed form and payment to... 

Bridgeport Ranger District 
Fuelwood Permit
P.O. Box 1000
Bridgeport, CA 93517

Availability 

May 2, 2022 thru Dec. 31, 2022

Permit Expires

December 31

Maps

2022 Vicinity Fuelwood Cutting Map

Additional Info

 

Purchase Directions

To minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19, firewood permits can only be purchased by calling the Ranger District office. Permit holders may begin cutting and collecting wood only after their permit and load tags are received via U.S. Postal Service. 

See above for locations to purchase permits in person. 

 

 

Carson Ranger District

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DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

$10.00 per cord

Minimum Purchase

2 cords (each purchase)

Maximum Purchase

10 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

IN PERSON

Alpine County Chamber of
Commerce
3 Webster Street
Markleeville, CA  96120
530-694-2475

Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed most major holidays.

 

BY PHONE ONLY

Carson Ranger District
775-882-2766

Forest Supervisor’s Office
775-331-6444

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Holidays

Availability

May 2, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Permit Expires

December 31

Maps

2022 North Fuelwood Cutting Map

2022 South Fuelwood Cutting Map

2022 Vicinity Fuelwood Cutting Map B&W

2022 Vicinity Fuelwood Cutting Map Color

Additional Info

 

Purchase Directions

To minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19, firewood permits can only be purchased by calling the Ranger District office. Permit holders may begin cutting and collecting wood only after their permit and load tags are received via U.S. Postal Service. 

See above for locations to purchase permits in person.

 

GREEN TREE FIRWOOD CUTTING PERMITS

Cost

 $10.00 per cord

Minimum purchase

 2 cords (each purchase)

Maximum purchase

 10 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

 IN PERSON

 Alpine County Chamber of
 Commerce
 3 Webster Street
 Markleeville, CA  96120
 530-694-2475

 Wed. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4p.m. 
 Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 BY PHONE ONLY

 Carson Ranger District
 775-882-2766

 Forest Supervisor’s Office
 775-331-6444

 Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Closed Holidays

Availability

 NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.   

Permit Expires

 December 31

Maps

 Maps will be available when areas open.

Additional Info

 

Purchase Directions

To minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19, firewood permits can only be purchased by calling the Ranger District office. Permit holders may begin cutting and collecting wood only after their permit and load tags are received via U.S. Postal Service. 

See above for locations to purchase permits in person.

 

 

Ely Ranger District

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DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

 $5.00 per cord 

 $10.00 per cord dead mahogany   

 $20.00 minimum for a combination
 of dead & down and/or dead
 mahogany

Minimum Purchase

 4 cords (each purchase) dead wood

 2 cords (each purchase) dead mahogany

Maximum Purchase 

 8 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

BY PHONE ONLY

 Ely Ranger District 
 825 Avenue E
 Ely, NV 89301
 775-289-3031

 Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Closed Holidays

Availability

 Year-Round

Permit Expires

 December 31

Maps

 Provided when permit is purchased.

Additional Info

 

Purchase Directions

 To minimize the impacts and spread of
 the COVID-19, firewood permits can
 only be purchased by calling the Ranger
 District office. Permit holders may 
 begin cutting and collecting wood only 
 after their permit and load tags are 
 received via U.S. Postal Service. 

 

GREEN FIRWOOD CUTTING PERMITS

Cost

 $5.00 per cord

Minimum purchase

 4 cords (each purchase)

Maximum purchase

 8 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

 BY PHONE ONLY

 Ely Ranger District
 825 Avenue E
 Ely, NV 89301
 775-289-3031

 Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Closed Holidays

Availability

 Year-Round

Expiration

 December 31

Maps

 Provided when permit is purchased.

Additional Info

 No cutting in Murray Watershed

Purchase Directions

 To minimize the impacts and spread of
 the COVID-19, firewood permits can
 only be purchased by calling the Ranger
 District office. Permit holders may 
 begin cutting and collecting wood only 
 after their permit and load tags are 
 received via U.S. Postal Service. 

 

 

Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District

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DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

 $10.00 per cord

Minimum Purchase

 2 cords (each purchase)

Maximum Purchase 

 10 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

 IN PERSON

 Our Grocery Store

 Nevada State Highway 225
 Owyhee, NV 89832
 (775) 757-3301

  Mon. - Fri.  7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (MST)
  Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (MST)

 

 BY PHONE ONLY

 Elko Office
 660 South 12th St., Suite 108
 Elko, NV 89801

 Wells Office
 140 Pacific Ave.
 Wells, NV 9835

  775-738-5171

  Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  Closed Holidays

 *See purchase instructions below.

Availability

 Year-Round

Expiration

 December 31

Maps

Additional Info

 Fuelwood Program Mail- In Form 

Purchase Directions

 To minimize the impacts and spread of
 the COVID-19, firewood permits will
 only be processed via email. Permit
 holders may begin cutting and   collecting wood only after their permit
 and load tags are received via U.S. 
 Postal Service.

Steps to Obtain Firewood
Permit & Load Tags

  1. Fill out the Fuelwood Program Mail-In Form and submit by email to tracie.santos@usda.gov with the following information  (put Firewood Permit in subject line):
  • Name of person the permit will be issued to and will sign as the responsible party, plus:
  • Residential address
  • Mailing address for the permit
  • Phone number with area code
  • Copy/photo of driver’s license
  • Number of cords (2 cord minimum, 10 cord maximum per household per year).
  1. District staff will contact the person purchasing the permit via phone for credit card payment information.
  1. Once the credit card purchase is complete a permit will be mailed.
  1. For questions, email  tracie.santos@usda.gov or call 775-738-5171.

 

 

Santa Rosa District

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DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

 $10.00 per cord

Minimum Purchase

 2 cords (each purchase)

Maximum Purchase 

 5 cords per calendar year

Purchase Locations

 BY PHONE ONLY 

 Santa Rosa Ranger District  
 3275 Fountain Way
 Winnemucca, NV 89445
 775-623-5025 ex. 4

 Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Closed Holidays

Availability

 May to October

Expiration

 December 31

Maps

 

Additional Info

 District wide, except in wilderness area

Purchase Directions

 To minimize the impacts and spread of
 the COVID-19, firewood permits can
 only be purchased by calling the Ranger
 District office. Permit holders may 
 begin cutting and collecting wood only 
 after their permit and load tags are 
 received via U.S. Postal Service.

 

 

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

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Maximum Purchase 

DEAD & DOWN FIREWOOD PERMITS

Cost

 $40 per cord

Minimum Purchase

 2 cords (each purchase)

 2 cord limit per household

Purchase Locations

 Spring Mountains NRA - Closed  
 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr.
 Las Vegas, NV 89130
 702-376-4046

 Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Closed Holidays

 *See purchase instructions below.

Availability

 Sale of Permits
 Oct. 20, 2021 thru Nov. 15, 2021

 Firewood Collection Period
 Oct. 25 , 2021 thru Nov. 22, 2021               

Expiration

 Nov. 22, 2021

Maps

Additional Info

 News Release

Purchase Directions

 To minimize the impacts and spread of
 the COVID-19, firewood permits will
 only be processed via email. Permit
 holders may begin cutting and collecting
 wood only after their permit and load tags
 are received via U.S. Postal Service.
 

 Learn more about purchasing a
 2021 dead and down firewood permit.

 

Steps to Obtain Firewood
Permit & Load Tags

  1. Submit an email to Dionysius-Caesar.Nicolas@usda.gov with the following information (put Firewood Permit in subject line):
  • Name of person the permit will be issued to and will sign as the responsible party, plus:
  • Residential address
  • Mailing address for the permit
  • Phone number with area code
  • Email address
  • Copy/photo of driver’s license
  • Vehicle(s) information:
    • Year
    • Make and model
    • Color
    • State of issued license plate number and the plate number of vehicle(s) that will be used to collect product
  • Number of cords (2 cord limit per household).
  1. When information is received, staff at the SMNRA will start the process to generate the permit via email.
  1. SMNRA staff will contact the person purchasing the permit via phone for credit card payment information.
  1. Once the credit card purchase is complete:
  • A permit will be sent via email.
  • Upon receipt, both copies of the permit must be signed and email back either as a scanned document or photo.
  1. After the SMNRA receives both copies of the signed permit via email, a permit, load tags, and additional rules, regulations, and instructions will be mailed to the purchaser.
  1. For questions, email Dionysius-Caesar.Nicolas@usda.gov or call 702-376-4046.