Personal Use Fuelwood

Wooden sign with ax-log fuelwood image for 2018Many people visit the Kaibab National Forest every year to collect firewood. These wood products are frequently used by local community and tribal members for home heating, cooking and other critical purposes.

We are commited to providing plentiful opportunities for firewood collection across the forest. Not only does this provide an important public service, but it also assists with forest restoration efforts. By clearing out dead and down trees as well as small-diameter trees, firewood cutters help us improve overall forest health and reduce the threat of unnaturally severe wildfire. Firewood cutters are our partners in restoration!

The Kaibab National Forest provides firewood for personal use through both free and paid permits. A permit is always required by anyone harvesting any firewood on the National Forest, except for the small amounts used in a campfire and gathered at the campfire site.

The 2018 firewood cutting season runs from April 16 to Dec. 31 for the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts and from May 1 to Nov. 30 for the North Kaibab Ranger District.

Load Tag System

The Kaibab National Forest personal use firewood program is using the load ticket (tag) system. Tag System Instructions are available in English and Spanish.

Permit Conditions:

  1. Free use firewood may not be sold. You must get a paid permit to sell wood.

  2. You may designate two other individuals to cut wood in your absence. Individuals must be identified and their names added to the permit at the time of purchase.

  3. Limits for personal use firewood are 20 cords under a paid use permit and 10 cords under a free use permit. These limits are per individual.

  4. Cutting of dead/down material is allowed forest-wide with the exception of the following areas: adminstrative sites (such as offices, lookout towers and communications sites), established hiking trails, designated campgrounds, active timber sales, and commercial fuelwood blocks.

  5. The limit on the size of downed wood that can be collected is 18 inches. This is to ensure protection of critical wildlife habitat.

  6. Wood is only to be cut or gathered in areas specified on the permit.

  7. Stump height should not exceed 6 inches.

  8. Power saws must have a 0.023 stainless steel spark arrestor screen.

  9. The amount of wood gathered must be recorded on the Removal Record in ink, and the appropriate number of load tickets must be attached to the load before leaving the cutting area.

  10. Cutting is only allowed on National Forest land.

  11. Chainsaw restrictions may apply during fire season. It is your responsibility to know what fire restrictions are in effect.

  12. A commercial permit holder cannot obtain a personal use permit. Fuelwood cutters should consider their potential need for commercial amounts before purchasing a personal use permit.

  13. Cross-country motorized travel is limited to areas designated on the map accompanying the firewood permit. Permittees must follow motorized travel regulations at all times.


Person chopping wood with axThe following are documents and maps for each district regarding criteria and restrictions for personal use fuelwood permits and harvesting. Restrictions and guidelines vary per district. 

Welcome Woodcutters! The Forest Supervisor of the Kaibab National Forest issued a letter announcing the 2018 Pilot Firewood Program, which is designed to reward woodcutters' efforts toward moving the forest to a healthier and more resilient state. We consider woodcutters to be our partners in forest restoration, and we hope that by continuing to work together and expanding opportunities to remove wood from the forest, we can achieve our mutual goal of land stewardship while ensuring your continued access to a needed forest product.

Williams Ranger District

Fuelwood season dates – April 16 to Dec. 31, 2018

742 S. Clover Road, Williams; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m ~Map~

Tusayan Ranger District

Fuelwood season dates – April 16 to Dec. 31, 2018

176 Lincoln Log Loop, Grand Canyon; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.~Map~

North Kaibab Ranger District

Fuelwood season dates - May 1 to Nov. 30, 2018

430 S. Main St., Fredonia; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.~Map~