Sequoia National Forest Free Personal Use Woodcutting Permits Available Soon

Sequoia National Forest Free Personal Use Woodcutting Permits
Available Soon


PORTERVILLE, Calif, April 13, 2021— The Sequoia National Forest will begin offering free personal use woodcutting permits to the public starting April 19. The free permits are for personal use only, exclude cutting for commercial purposes and will expire November 30, 2021. 

Although all Sequoia National Forest Ranger Stations are closed following guidance from federal and state authorities due to COVID-19, virtual permit services are available Monday - Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. To request a woodcutting permit, call your local Ranger Station listed below for instructions or email Please be advised that it may take a couple of weeks to receive your permit. 

  • Hume Lake Ranger District in Dunlap: (559) 791-5758
  • Western Divide District in Springville: (559) 920-0460
  • Kern River Ranger District in Kernville: (760) 549-9533


Woodcutting permits will include a map, area-based woodcutting instructions, and forest policies. Woodcutting activities throughout the forest are based on current road, weather, and fire danger conditions. Please check with your local Ranger Station for current conditions and restrictions or visit


Important Reminders:


Personal woodcutting permits are not valid within the Castle Fire Closure Area (Forest Closure Order
0513-20-08). The closure order and map are available at


Forest Service law enforcement and fire officials will be monitoring the removal of wood from the forest. 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.


Removing any timber, tree, or other forest product is prohibited by 36 CFR 261.6(h) except as authorized by special use authorization, timber sale contract, federal law, or regulation. Cutting or removing standing or down redwood (giant sequoia) trees or portions of them is prohibited.


Forest visitors are encouraged to "Know Before You Go" by calling the Forest Supervisor's Office or local ranger station for forest conditions, regulations, and bans. Follow us on Facebook (SequoiaNF) and Twitter (sequoiaforest).