Fuelwood Management & Permits

Personal use fuelwood permits for the Payette National Forest are available annually May 15, through November 30. 

Fuelwood permits can be purchased at these commercial locations:

Weiser:  Ridley's Food and Drug  (208) 549-1332

Cambridge:  Blake’s Sinclair  (208) 257-5000

Council:  Farmer’s Supply Co-Op  (208) 253-4266

McCall:  Albertsons   (208) 634-8166‚Äč

New Meadow:  C&M Lumber  (208) 347-2194

The prohibition of cutting Larch (Tamarack) after November 1 remains in place this year.  Larch lose their needles every fall and appear to be dead, resulting in too many live trees being accidently cut.  This regulation is to prevent the cutting of live Larch trees after they have lost their needles in the fall.

Fuelwood permit prices remain at $6.25 per cord with a 4-cord minimum, and a 10-cord maximum per household.  Please note we cannot sell permits for only 2 cords.  If you want all ten cords, permits purchased will need to be 5 cords and 5 cords, or 4 cords and 6 cord, or all 10 cords at once.

Cutting fuelwood within a closure area is prohibited. Check on the Alerts & Notices pages of Forest websites for closure information.

The Payette National Forest has a free-use area located in the Big Creek area.  A free-use permit is required for this area, and can be obtained by calling the McCall Ranger District Office.  Specifics of the free-use location and requirements will be explained to people seeking free-use permits.  Free-use fuelwood counts as personal use toward the 10-cord maximum per household.

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Permit holders are encouraged to cut fuelwood early in the year because fire restrictions may impact the cutting season later in the summer.  Early season fuelwood cutters are asked to use caution to avoid wet muddy roads where travel may cause resource damage.  Fuelwood cutting is not allowed within riparian areas (adjacent to creeks and rivers).