Firewood Cutting Permits

Woodcutting permits are available in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest beginning May 2, 2022.

FIREWOOD PERMIT REQUEST FORMS

Woodcutters will be able to obtain a FREE permit to cut firewood in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  Those who receive free use firewood permits may use the firewood for cutting, manufacturing, or other processing, but not for resale.

Those wishing to cut their own firewood can obtain a woodcutting permit starting May 2 from any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office. Woodcutters will still need to obtain a permit, firewood tags, map, and have also have a copy of the regulations on hand when cutting and transporting firewood.  The free use firewood permits, and tags will be available at most Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Ranger District offices. The permit and tags are valid through December 31.

Permits will also be available at local vendor stores in the Methow Valley and Ellensburg. For single household personal use the permits will be free.

People will need to provide their driver’s license to obtain a permit; and the permit holder must be present during firewood gathering on the National Forest.

To streamline to permitting process, Individuals can fill out the electronic request form for the Ranger District where they plan on cutting wood at links below.  Requests will be received by collection officers at the ranger district office that you select.  That person will prepare the permit, and then contact the requester to set up a time to pick-up the permit.

FIREWOOD PERMIT REQUEST FORMS

Woodcutters will be able to obtain up to twelve cords per household per year, but only in four cord increments at a time (up to the maximum of 12).  The total amount of free use material granted to an individual in any fiscal year cannot exceed $200 in value (36 CFR 223.8).

Commercial firewood permits will be available to purchase from the Cle Elum, Entiat and Naches Ranger Districts this season.  For those interested in obtaining a commercial firewood permit for reselling firewood, the minimum permit purchase is 4 cords ($20) and the maximum is 12 cords for $60.  Contact those offices directly for details on permitted locations.


Please contact the appropriate Ranger District for information.  

For woodcutting on Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River and Cle Elum Ranger Districts, see 
Woodcutting Information and Maps publication [2-page PDF: 4.3mb]

Naches Ranger District has a shorter woodcutting permit season and diffrent rules than other districts. See:

Naches Ranger District Woodcutting Information

For woodcutting on Methow Valley Ranger District, see links to PDF documents below:

Viewing and Printing Tips for Woodcutting Maps: 
First, save the map you want to your computer by right-clicking on the link and then selecting "Save link as..." in pop up menu. (You can also go to the map link and once map loads you can right click on map and do a "Save as...")  Either way you can rename map when you save it, since it defaults to database name. Then open the file with Acrobat Reader (or Acrobat Pro). Zoom way in to the area you want to view and/or print. To print that zoomed in view, go to Print, then under More Options select "Current View" and also "Fit" under page sizing. Then print it.  


Woodcutting Permit Vendors

Methow Valley:

Hank’s Harvest Foods
412 E Methow Valley Hwy
Twisp, WA
509-997-7711
Open 7 days/week 7AM-9PM

Hank’s Mini Market
410 E Methow Valley Hwy
Twisp, WA
509-997-4332
Open 7 days/week 5AM-10PM

Pardner’s Mini Market
900 State Route 20
Winthrop, WA
509-996-2005
Open 7 days/week 6AM-12AM

Ellensburg: 

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Office
609 N Main St.
Ellensburg, WA
509-925-2002
M-F: 9am-5pm
Sat: 10am-2pm 


When woodcutting, always be sure to carry the fire equipment listed on the woodcutting permit and properly secure and tag the load of wood.

Both the woodcutting permit and the woodcutting tags need to be in the woodcutter’s possession when gathering wood. Always check to find out what the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is before heading to the woods to do some woodcutting. This information is also available at any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office. The best woodcutting times are in the spring and fall. Contact local Ranger District offices for details.

Firewood cutting is only allowed in designated areas (except National Forest lands in Okanogan County, where firewood gathering is allowed anywhere within 200 feet of a signed, unblocked forest service road as long as you’re outside riparian areas). No woodcutting in Late-Successional reserves. No woodcutting in Wilderness Areas.  Snag felling is prohibited on the Cle Elum Ranger District. Maps for designated areas accompany the permit. The maximum is 12 cords (when used for personal use).

1. Please read your firewood permit carefully and completely.

2. The permit and woodcutting stubs must be in your possession when cutting firewood. The following equipment is also required at the cutting site when using a power saw:

  • Saw with exhaust system in good repair and a scree-type spark arrestor of 0.023" or less and qualified under USDA Forest Service Standards.
  • Shovel: Long-handled round point with an 8" blade in possession of operator.
  • Fire extinguisher: Pressurized chemical of not less than 8-ounce capacity by weight and in possession of operator.

3. Each load ticket allows you to haul 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. If your vehicle is large enough to allow you to transport more than 1/2 cord of wood, a load ticket must be attached for each 1/2 cord of wood hauled. This ticket must be marked to indicate the month and day of use, and be attached to the load when the vehicle is moved from the cutting site.

illustration of a cord of wood
Cord of Wood

A standard, full cord of wood is a volume of 128 cubic feet, measured as a pile 8 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. A full cord can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.

 


illustration of wood in a small pickup truck
Small Pickup -- 1/4 ton

With or without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.

 


illustration of firewood in a short bed pickup truck
Short Bed Pickup -- 1/2 ton

With or without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.

 


illustration of firewood in a long bed pickup truck
Long Bed Pickup -- 1/2 or 3/4 ton

Without racks this truck bed holds approximately 1/2 (one-half) cord of wood. One load ticket required.

With racks this truck bed holds approximately 1 (one) cord of wood. Two load tickets required.

 


illustration of firewood in a standard 1-ton truck
Standard Truck -- 1 ton

With high racks this truck bed holds approximately 1 1/2 (one and a half) cords of wood. Three load tickets required.

Please note that trucks may be overloaded when filled with wood. Check the owner's manual for your vehicle to see what load weights the truck can safely haul and make sure your vehicle is licensed for the weight you will be hauling.



Save money!

Five easy ways to make your wood fuel last longer

Keep your wood dry

  • Split wood before you stack it.  Wood pieces 3 ½ to 6 inches in diameter dry easiest and burn best.
  • Stack wood loosely in alternating directions to help it dry.
  • Store wood at least 6 inches off the ground.
  • Cover your wood.
  • Give it a year.  Wood that has been split, dried, and stored under cover for at least a year burns best.

Burn with care

  • Build small fires to help the wood burn completely.  Adding too much wood at one time cuts down on the air to the fire and leaves you with unburned wood. 
  • Keep your fire hot. Dampering down your stove just cuts off the air, which wastes wood, creates a lot of smoke, and produces very little heat. 

Check your chimney smoke

  • If you can see smoke coming from your chimney, you’re wasting fuel and your fire needs more air.

Use the right wood stove or fireplace for your home

  • Use a wood stove or fireplace that is certified in Washington, the right size, and properly installed.  For details, go to the Department of Ecology web site at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/airhome.html and click on the wood stove/fireplace photo.

Obey burn bans

  • Call 1-800-406-5322 and listen for woodstove burn ban language or go to www.waburnbans.net to see if there is a burn ban where you live. If there is, don’t burn.  Burning during a ban can harm your family’s health or cause a fire danger.