Forest Product Permits are available at ranger districts on the Tonto National Forest. For district locations click on the "Contact Us" link.
Christmas Tree Permits
The Tonto National Forest will be selling a limited number of Christmas tree permits to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
There will be a total of 2000 permits available at $15 each, which can be paid for by cash, credit card or personal check over-the-counter (sorry, no phone or mail orders will be accepted). Payments in cash (exact change) are preferred to keep the lines moving. One tree per household. One person may purchase up to four permits for other families not living in the household. These permits are for personal use only.
Forest Resources: Tribal Collection Policy
Collection of forest products such as the gathering of medicinal plants, wild plant foods, and basketry materials is allowed on the forest by members of Indian Tribes. Permits are not required for this activity. It is encouraged that individuals carry proof of tribal membership while gathering on the forest. For questions and information contact the Heritage Program Manager at (602) 225-5231.
Collection of Forest Resources: Tribal Members
It is necessary to obtain a permit to remove firewood from the National Forest. The Tonto National Forest issues fuelwood permits at all six district offices. Permits are not issued at the Forest Supervisor’s Office. The permits are only issued to customers in person from April 1 to December 31, and expire on December 31.
Permit and Collecting Areas
Permit holders are allowed to gather fuelwood from portions of the Globe, Payson, Pleasant Valley and Tonto Basin ranger districts. Firewood gathering is not permitted on the Cave Creek and Mesa ranger districts.
Two types of personal use fuelwood permits are available: Paid Personal Use Fuelwood and Free Personal Use Fuelwood. Permits are valid April 1 - December 31. Maps and instructions are provided with each permit.
Paid Personal Use:
Free Personal Use:
Paid Personal Use Fuelwood
- Down Dead (all species), Dead Standing Juniper/Cypress up to 18” diameter at the base (measured at one foot up from ground level), and Dead Standing Pine up to 12” diameter at 4.5 feet above ground.
- Up to 10 Cords for $10.00 per cord; $20 minimum
- Permit Sold by all six ranger districts. Fuelwood may be cut on portions of Payson, Pleasant Valley, Globe, and Tonto Basin ranger districts.
- New in 2014, dead standing mesquite up to 12” diameter may be cut on portions of the Tonto Basin ranger district.
Free Personal Use Fuelwood: Free use pine may be cut on portions of Payson and Pleasant Valley ranger districts ONLY.
- Down Dead Ponderosa and Pinyon Pine, and Dead Standing Pine up to 12” in diameter (measured at 4 ½’ up from ground level),
- 4 Cords, Free Use. Fuelwood collected with a free use permit may not be resold.
- Limit one free-use permit per household per year.
- Permits are issued at Payson, Pleasant Valley, Tonto Basin, and Globe ranger districts.
- Payson Ranger District - (928) 474-7900
- Pleasant Valley Ranger District - (928) 462-4300
- New in 2014, a free-use permit for down dead fuelwood around Roosevelt Lake is available at the Tonto Basin ranger district.
Fuelwood Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Why are fuelwood permits not issued January-March?
A: No harvesting or cutting of fuelwood, or any other personal-use forest products, is allowed during this time period to prevent damaging forest lands and roads.
Q: What is “Dead and Down?”
A: Dead and Down is a tree or part of a tree lying on the ground as a result of natural mortality or because of previous legal timber sales or permitted harvesting.
Q: Do I need a permit to gather firewood while camping?
A: You do not need a permitif the firewood is only for use during your camping stay. Be sure to use dead and down material only.
Q: While cutting firewood for my home, do I need to have my permit with me?
A: Yes. Fuelwood permits must be with the person gathering the firewood.
Q: May I cut firewood for someone else on his or her permit?
A: Only if you are accompanying the permit holder, or if you are a designated cutter.
Q: What should we bring when harvesting firewood?
A: You should bring your permit, an axe or a chainsaw equipped with a spark arrester, and items such as drinking water and snacks. It is always wise to be prepared for an emergency by bringing extra clothing, blankets, a shovel, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.
Q: May I receive more than one permit to gather firewood?
A: Yes, up to a total of 10 cords per household per year.
Q: Where may I obtain a permit?
A: You may obtain a free-use permit for 4 cords of dead pine at four of the six Tonto National Forest district offices: Globe, Payson, Pleasant Valley and Tonto Basin. All six ranger districts issue paid fuelwood gathering permits. Permits are not available at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix.
Q: Where may we gather firewood?
A: Four of the six Tonto National Forest ranger districts allow permit holders to gather firewood on portions of the districts. There are no fuelwood gathering permits for Mesa and Cave Creek districts.
Q: Where may I obtain more information?
A: Call or visit the front desk at any of the six ranger districts.