Firewood Permits

Free-use Firewood in 2020

Due to concerns for the safety of USDA Forest Service staff and public, as well as logistical challenges for permit distribution, Forest Supervisor Russ Bacon has granted personal free use collection of firewood on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests without a permit, effective immediately.

To utilize this opportunity please read and possess (digital or print) the letter below, and send us an email.

Maps (PDF) - collection areas

Colorado

Wyoming

Standard Program Information

Firewood collection provides the opportunity to supplement or replace conventional energy sources. After purchasing a permit, you may cut and remove firewood from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests for personal use home heating. Permit must be purchased in person at any of the ranger district offices and are purchased in one cord increments for $5 per cord, with a minimum four (4) cord purchase ($20) per transaction. Ten cords per household per year are allowed.

What Can I Cut?

  • CUT ONLY unmarked standing dead or down trees in areas open to fuelwood cutting.
  • For an evergreen tree to be considered dead, ALL needles must be red, brown, or absent.
  • Stumps should be as close to the ground as possible or no more than 12 inches high.
  • Maximum length of wood removed will be less than 8 feet on pieces that are 9 inches or larger in diameter (measured at the large end).

Where Can I Cut or Remove Wood?

All areas on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest are open to cutting and removing firewood, EXCEPT for the following:

  • Within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, recreation sites, timber sales, administrative sites, wilderness areas, or research natural areas 
  • Within 200 feet of state and federal Highways. 
  • Within 500 feet of Wyoming State Highway 130 and Wyoming State Highway 70.
  • Areas which are signed "No Woodcutting."
  • Active timber sales or logging operations. Logs from timber sales have been purchased and are private property.
  • Fish Creek Falls recreation area on the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District
  • Within 300 yards (approximately one-quarter mile) of the Bear River Road (FR 900) on the Yampa Ranger District.
  • The Pole Mountain/Vedauwoo Recreation Area of the Laramie Ranger District.

The main reason for issuing a woodcutting permit is to help you comply with the laws designed to protect the national forest and to insure a continuing supply of firewood.

Chainsaw Safety

  • An approved, working spark arrester system is required on the chainsaw.
  • During times of fire restrictions, you must have with you an approved fire extinguisher and a shovel available for fire fighting. Never smoke while working. Any smoking should be done inside a closed vehicle or while sitting in an area cleared of flammable materials.
  • Refuel before the tank runs dry. It may be difficult to refuel and restart if the saw stops while it is stuck in a log.
  • Carry gasoline in an approved container equipped with a spout or use a funnel so that gasoline does not spill on the saw or ground.
  • Before starting the saw, move at least 10 feet from the place where you refueled.Clear brush and dry material from the cutting area. When you put the saw down, put it on bare ground or rock.
  • Remove oily rags, used oil filters, garbage and other debris when you leave the site.

Measuring and Transporting Firewood

  • A standard cord can be described as a well-stacked pile 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet.
  • All load tags must be punched and displayed before transporting any wood. Failure to do so may result in a citation.




https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbr/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=stelprdb5151691