Forest Product Permits


Cutting firewood for personal use is a popular past-time for a lot of people who live near the Six Rivers National Forest. Each year, hundreds of people go to the woods to stock up on a winter supply of firewood, lots of times thinking about how pleasant it will be to sit in front of a warm fire on a cold winter night. There is something very satisfying about a nicely cut, split, and stacked wood pile.

Before you head out with your chainsaw, there are a few things you should know about cutting firewood on the national forest.

  • Firewood Cutting Permits on the Six Rivers National Forest (PDF): Effective July 1, 2020: As the impacts from COVID-19 continue to be felt across the country, the US Forest Service is committed to providing services on our public lands and doing what we can to help those in need. As such, the Six Rivers National Forest will provide free personal-use firewood permits until further notice. If you received a permit in 2020, it will expire on December 31, 2020. You will need to obtain a new permit in 2021 by calling any ranger district office at the numbers below.

To receive your free personal-use firewood permit, call any Six Rivers National Forest ranger district office, Monday through Friday, from 8AM to 4:30PM, beginning on July 1, and a permit will be mailed to you:

  • Gasquet Ranger District: (707) 457-3131
  • Orleans/Ukonom Ranger District: (530) 627-3291
  • Lower Trinity Ranger District: (530) 629-2118
  • Mad River Ranger District: (707) 574-6233.

Christmas Trees – 2020

In 2020, Christmas tree permits will only be available online at Additional information can be found at or in the following informational handout:

There are areas where NO harvesting, including cutting Christmas trees, is allowed. Areas closed to harvesting of Special Forest Products (e.g., Christmas trees, edible mushrooms, and floral greenery) include administrative sites, wilderness areas, research natural areas, or botanical/geologic/cultural areas, active timber sales, within 200 feet of any building, campground, state highway, river, stream, pond, lake, or other water body. Following are informational handouts/maps by district that display where no cutting is allowed:


Permits are being sold at the following Six Rivers National Forest office locations and are valid anywhere within the Forest:


Phone Number

Smith River National Recreation Area (NRA)

PO Box 228 – 10600 Highway 199
Gasquet, CA  95543

(707) 457-3131

Orleans/Ukonom Ranger District

PO Box 410 – 1 Ishi Pishi Road
Orleans, CA  95556 

(530) 627-3291

Lower Trinity Ranger District

PO Box 68 – 580 Highway 96
Willow Creek, CA  95573

(530) 629-2118

Six Rivers National Forest, Supervisor’s Office

1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA  95501

(707) 442-1721