Pole and Post Permits

Poles & Posts

Poles, posts, and split rails are trees that can be used to make a fence or small structure. The trees can be fallen or standing. Recommended species include Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and Sitka spruce. Poles, posts, and split rails can have a maximum of 8 inches DBH (diameter at breast height) and a maximum of a 12-inch tall stump.

Permit Information

Special Forest Product Duration of Permit Permit Fee ($) Allowable Quantities Supplemental Request Form Required? Remarks
Poles/Post/Split Rails 30 days 5 cents per lineal feet   Yes No power equipment allowed from March 1–Sept. 30.

Yew trees prohibited on Hebo Ranger District.

How to Obtain a Permit

Poles, post, and split rail permits can be purchased from the district office where you plan to harvest from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. When purchasing, you must provide a valid identification card issued by a state or U.S. federal government and your vehicle make, model, and license plate number.

Permits that require a supplemental request form can be filled out at a ranger station, printed and brought to a ranger station, or emailed to r6_siuslaw_WWWeb_Front_Desk@fs.fed.us.

Where to Harvest

  • Only collect pole, posts, and split rails in designated areas as listed on your permit. Maps will be provided with your permit.
  • Harvesting is prohibited in Botanical Areas, Research Natural Areas, wilderness areas, scenic areas, and land other than designated on the map received with your permit.

How to Protect the Forest While Harvesting

  • Harvest products in a caring and ecologically sound way by filling in any holes created, scattering debris away from roads, culverts, and ditches, and leaving your harvesting area clean.
  • Pack garbage and food scraps out with you.
  • Follow the terms and conditions on your permit.

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