Forest Products Permits

Firewood Permit Information

  1. The fuelwood permit map will direct you to areas where firewood is available and outlines areas where restrictions apply. Cut only dead and down material. Cutting of standing trees (dead or live) is prohibited. The maximum length for a piece of firewood that can be removed is 6 feet.

  2. Refunds will not be made on permits.

  3. In the spring and fall, roads may become muddy and impassable. Please contact a district or workcenter office for local road information.

  4. Vehicles shall not be operated off roads and landings. Logs may be winched to roads or landings.

  5. State of California fire laws shall be complied with:

    1. Each power saw shall be equipped with a spark arrester approved according to CPRC Section 4442 and shall be maintained in effective working order. (Inspection of spark arrester may be a condition of permit issuance.)

      • One fire extinguisher meeting specifications of CPRC Section 4431 shall be kept with each power saw. (A list of approved extinguishers is available at the permit issuing office.)

      • When using power saws off of cleared roads or landings, a size 0 or larger shovel with an overall length of not less than 46 inches shall be kept within 25 feet of the saw. One shovel per gas can is required.

    2. Smoking shall be done while sitting in an area cleared of all flammable materials. The area must be at least 3 feet in diameter. Burning material shall be extinguished and cold to the touch before it is discarded.

    3. As soon as feasible, permittee shall notify Forest Service of any fires discovered.

    4. Before cutting, permittee should contact a Forest Service office to see it any fire restrictions are in effect.

  6. All slash, bark, or other debris is to be scattered along the side of the roads. Do not leave debris on road surfaces, in ditches, or above culverts.

  7. Forest Service may suspend all operations under this permit in writing if the conditions and requirements contained in this permit are not followed. Failure to comply with permit requirements may result in termination of permit and/or a citation; 36 CFR 261.10(k) is punishable by a fine of no more than $500 and/or 6 months imprisonment.

  8. Fuelwood gathering is permitted in restricted areas as follows:

    1. Areas posted "Firewood Cutting Area."

    2. All areas outside of the restricted areas are open to gathering dead and down fuelwood material with the following exceptions:

      • No cutting within 300 feet of any stream channel with water.

      • No cutting within 100 feet of stream channels without water.

  9. Validation tags must accompany each load being transported. Each tag represents ¼ cord. The proper number of tags must be prominently displayed and securely attached to the rear end of each load. Dates must be punched. Failure to comply may result in citation and confiscation of your wood under authority of 36 CFR 261.10(k).

How much is a cord of wood?

A cord is a well-stacked pile, 4 by 4 by 8 feet. This is 128 cubic feet of wood. Because truck beds and trailers vary in size, the chart below gives approximate volumes for various truck sizes.

Approximate Volume in Cords for Different Truck Sizes
Mini 6 x 1½ x 4¾ feet 1/4
Mini (Loaded cab high) 6 x 3 x 4¾ feet 1/2
Mini Long bed 8 x 1½ x 4¾ feet 1/2
Mini Long bed (Loaded cab high) 8 x 3 x 4¾ feet 3/4
1/2 or 3/4 Ton 6 x 2 x 4½ feet 1/2
1/2 or 3/4 Ton (Loaded cab high) 6 x 4 x 4½ feet 3/4
1/2 to 3/4 Ton Long bed 8 x 2½ x 5 feet 3/4
1/2 to 3/4 Ton Long bed (Loaded cab high) 8 x 4 x 5 feet

Objective of the fuelwood program

The objective of the fuelwood program is to make firewood available for personal use.

It is not the intent of the fuelwood policy to provide wood for resale.

REMEMBER: Your permit is only valid on public land within the Mendocino National Forest.

Most government land is posted with black on yellow signs that state, "BEHIND THIS SIGN LIES NATIONAL FOREST LAND." Some private land boundaries run along the forest boundaries and may be difficult to identify. Please observe all signs and use the official forest map to help you identify boundaries.

On the wood cutting map, private property is identified by the color white.

To cut wood on private property, you must have a letter signed by the property owner granting you permission to cut and remove wood from their property. This must be in possession while cutting and transporting wood from private property.

Check with the district office for updated locations of areas with concentrated fuelwood material and for changes in open/closed areas.

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