Forest Products Permits


Personal firewood cutting, up to six cords, is free to the public through Sept. 7, 2020, as a service to the community during COVID-19.

Firewood permits or tags on the Mt. Hood National Forest are temporarily not required. However, woodcutters must have either a digital or paper copy of the Firewood Cutting Area Map & the Firewood Information Sheet on their person. Harvesters must follow all other regular guidelines and restrictions for wood type, size, quantity, and allowable locations.

Eastside Cutting Zone

Westside Cutting Zone (no firewood harvest within the Zigzag Ranger District)

Printed firewood information materials are avaible outside the Barlow, Hood River, and Zigzag Ranger Stations. 

If you require the map and information sheet mailed to you, please call the Zigzag Ranger Station at: (503) 622-3191. 

There is currently no access to the Clackamas River Ranger Station due to the office's move to Sandy.


Firewood Permits – during other times of the year:

Anyone cutting firewood on the forest is required to have a valid firewood permit with load tags, firewood cutting map, and a current information sheet. Personal use firewood permits sell for $10.00 per cord, and there is a minimum charge per permit of $20.00. Households may harvest up to 6 cords annually. Firewod cutters are prohibited from cutting standing timber dead or alive.

Forest Roads may have trees or debris on them. Drive with caution.

Weekly Firewood Information Sheets

Eastside Cutting Zone

Westside Cutting Zone

Firewood on the Zigzag Ranger District is by Special Request only.

Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permits

Purchase Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permits at a Ranger District office in Dufur, Sandy, Parkdale, or Zigzag.

  • The yearly cutting limit per household is 6 cords. View the cord illustration here
  • All districts may not have areas available during the season. Be sure to call for current information before making plans.
  • Firewood cutting areas are described on the firewood cutting map and information sheets. You are required to have a current information sheet with your permit while cutting. Information sheets change weekly and show the status of each area. Information sheets are available at Ranger Stations and this website.
  • Firewood cutters must have screen type spark arrestors on their chainsaws, carry a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher not less than 8 ounces, and a long handled shovel with an 8-inch blade.
  • Before heading into the forest, call your nearest Ranger Station for up-to-date information on supply and road conditions.
  • Product Quantity Removal Record and Tag Validation Example
  • Clearing Limits of Road Prism Examples
  • The Forest Service uses four industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) to reduce the likelihood of wildfires by regulating work activities in the forest, including firewood cutting. The most updated IFPL information is available by calling (503)-668-1650.  IFPL Diagram

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