National Forests Offer Firewood Permits in the Portland Metro Area

Personal use firewood cutting permits are available on the Mt. Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. The Mt. Hood National Forest offers permits between April 15 and November 30. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest offers permits year-round.


Please visit a local ranger district office to get a firewood permit, map, and list of locations where harvesting firewood is allowed. Personal use firewood permits sell for $10.00 per cord and there is a minimum charge of $20.00 per permit. Each household may harvest up to six cords annually. Firewood permits are only valid on the forest where they are purchased.


While firewood permits may be available, some forest roads may be inaccessible due to winter conditions. Anything from fallen trees, rock slides, and snow accumulation may be blocking roads. Firewood cutting of marked timber or within timber sale boundaries is prohibited.


It’s a good idea to take plenty of water, food, a first aid kit, and emergency equipment. In the case of an emergency, it may be hours before you are able to summon a rescue party. Let friends or family know when you are leaving and returning home. Much of the forest is remote and does not have cell phone service. A GPS device may be unreliable. Enjoy harvesting fuelwood from your national forest, but please do it safely.


To help insure a sustainable firewood program, please follow the guidelines below:


  • Do not fall standing trees, dead or alive.
  • Adhere to local restrictions and carry necessary equipment including: saws equipped with a .023” or smaller mesh spark arrestor, a long handled shovel with an 8” round point blade, and pressurized chemical fire extinguisher 8 oz. or larger.
  • Before going to the forest, call the local district office for up-to-date information on road conditions
  • If you see illegal or questionable harvest practices notify the local district office.


Purchase your personal use firewood cutting permits and get more information at the following Forest Service locations:


Mt. Hood National Forest Firewood Permit Locations 


Barlow Ranger District
780 NE Court St.
Dufur, OR


M-F: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., closed 12:00-12:45 PM


Clackamas River Ranger District
595 Industrial Way,
Estacada, OR,

M-F: 7:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., closed 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 PM


Hood River Ranger District:
6780 Highway 35,
Parkdale, OR,

M-F: 8:00 A.M to 4:30 P.M., closed 12:00-1:00 PM


Zigzag Ranger District:
70220 E. Highway 26
Zigzag, OR, 503-622-3191

M-F: 8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M., closed 12:00 to 1:00 PM


Firewood availability may change from week to week depending on supply and access, so it is important that firewood cutters refer to the current firewood information sheet. Anyone cutting firewood on the Forest is required to have in their possession a valid permit with current firewood tags, a firewood map, and a current information sheet. Firewood information sheets are available at the district offices and on our firewood web page.


Gifford Pinchot National Forest Firewood Permit Locations 

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

10024 US Hwy 12

Randle, WA 98377

(360) 497-1100


Mt. Adams Ranger District

2455 Hwy 141

Trout Lake, WA

(509) 395-3400


Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd.

Amboy, WA 98601

(360) 449-7800


More information on the Gifford Pinchot Firewood Program can be found a



Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area


The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area does not have a forest products program. Gathering firewood on National Forest System lands in the Columbia River Gorge is prohibited, except during special events. When these events occur, announcements will be made about where to get the permits when there is a special event happening.