Personal Use Firewood Permits

2022 Personal-Use Firewood Permits are available for free

Forest staff are issuing permits to collect firewood for personal use. The permits are free through the end of 2022. Permits can be requested in person at the Upper Lake office and beginning October 24, 2022 in the Willows office, or by mail using the mail-in form. Our offices have limited hours. Please check the office schedule before your visit.

Due to the amount of hazard tree abatement completed this year, the Mendocino National Forest and the Chico Seed Orchard have an abundance of firewood available to those with a permit. The Grindstone District has provided a map with locations of wood rounds at Letts Lake and Mill Valley. To get a permit and collect firewood at Chico Seed Orchard, please contact Orchard Manager Lisa Crane at 530-879-6627. The orchard is an active production facility with heavy equipment, and anyone collecting firewood will need to check in for accountability before driving through the orchard to pick up firewood.

To cut firewood for personal use on National Forest System lands you must have a personal use firewood permit. 

Personal use firewood permit details:

  • Free for 2022 season
  • 4 cord minimum 
  • 12 cord maximum per calendar year
  • Valid for calendar year
  • Mail-in order form (expect approximately three weeks turnaround to receive permits and maps)
  • Additional permit information, including rules, restrictions, and volume in cords for different truck sizes

Important Reminders:

  • When fire restrictions go into effect, permitees will only be allowed to transport wood to a road and cut the wood there. The use of chainsaws will be allowed when cutting wood on roads.
  • Keep your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle where it is visible through the windshield.
  • Fill out the bottom portion of the permit at the cutting site before you haul each load.
  • Travel together when hauling wood in more than one vehicle for the same permit.
  • A lost or stolen permit cannot be replaced or the fee refunded.

For further information, contact the Supervisor's Office in Willows at (530) 934-3316. 

Contractor Activity Phone Line:

This is an information only phone line for industrial operations and fire precautions. The 24-hour line is 530-934-1240. 

Sudden Oak Death Quarantine

Federal and State quarantines designed to prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Death disease are in effect for Mendocino and Lake Counties. The quarantine prohibits the transportation of firewood, foliage and other potentially infested material outside of the counties in California that are under quarantine.

[Photograph]: Sudden Oak Death Quarantine Sign.The policy on the Mendocino National Forest is that firewood or other host material cut in Mendocino and Lake Counties can move into and between any of the quarantine counties, it cannot be moved out of quarantine counties. The Counties under quarantine are: Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma Counties.

No firewood cutting is allowed on some areas of the forest because the road system leads into Glenn County which is outside the quarantine area. These areas are identified on the permit map.

Host material includes the stems, branches, leaves and twigs of any size from hardwood trees and small branches (less than 1 inch in diameter) and needles of Douglas-fir, white fir, and red fir.

With the public's cooperation we can minimize further spread of Sudden Oak Death. The Mendocino National Forest is not infested. Woodcutters coming to the Mendocino National Forest from infested areas in Sudden Oak Death quarantine counties can help prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Death by cleaning saws and other tools prior to use and not transporting any leaves, twigs, branches or mud into the forest.

Complete distribution details and more information on Sudden Oak Death may be found at www.suddenoakdeath.org.