Fuelwood Permits Available May 15 for Southwest Idaho National Forests

Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945



Fuelwood Permits Available May 15 for Southwest Idaho National Forests

McCall, Idaho - Personal use fuelwood permits for the Payette, Sawtooth and Boise National Forests will be available beginning May 15, through November 30, 2019.

Permits will be available at USDA Forest Service Ranger District offices, and private vendors (see attached list).  Please recall that we can no longer can sell permits of only 2 cords.  If you want all ten cords, permit purchases will need to be purchased 5 cords and 5 cords, or 4 cords and 6 cord, or all 10 cords at once.

Recall fuelwood permits were reduced in 2018 from $12.50 to $6.25 per cord with a 4-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household.  The two reasons that drove the change were: aligning the overall price of the fuelwood to be closer with other Idaho National Forests; and, to help remove the fuel load since woodcutting is limited to dead trees.

The Payette National Forest has two free-use areas, which are located in the Steamboat Summit/Warren Summit area and the Big Creek area.  A free-use permit is required for these areas and can be obtained at the McCall Ranger District office and the Big Creek Work Center, long with specific location information and permit use requirements.  Free-use fuelwood counts as personal use toward the 10-cord maximum per household.

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

Check this year’s fuelwood brochure, fuelwood map, and the current Motor Vehicle Use Maps to make sure you are cutting in an area open to fuelwood gathering, and pay special attention to closed areas and roads with restoration activities.  Regulations prohibit the cutting of dead or living Whitebark pine trees due to that species decline, and they are critically important to several wildlife species.

Fuelwood permits are valid within the Boise, Payette and Sawtooth Forests.  All motorized travel related to fuelwood gathering must be in full accordance with Forest Service travel regulations for the area as shown in the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), unless specifically exempted in the fuelwood permit.

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).

Regulations are available when permits are issued.  Visit this link to view the Payette Fuelwood Cutting Map.  For additional information, contact the local Ranger District offices, or Forest websites. Check with forest vendors for weekend hours.


Payette National Forest Vendors:

Jay’s Sinclair, Cambridge                                           208-257-5000

Ridley’s Food & Drug, Weiser                                   208-549-1332

Farmer’s Supply Co-Op, Weiser                                 208-549-0654

Farmer’s Supply Co-op, Council                                208-253-4266

C & M Lumber, New Meadows                                 208-347-3648

Albertsons, McCall                                                     208-634-8166

The Corner, Yellow Pine                                            208-633-3325


Payette NF Ranger District Offices:

Weiser RD                                                                  208-549-4200  

Council RD                                                                208-253-0100             

McCall RD                                                                 208-634-0400  

New Meadows RD                                                    208-347-0300