Forest Products Permits

Forest Products

Gathering of forest products has long been a tradition on National Forest lands. Native Americans and early settlers were dependent upon the products that are now found on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests for their livelihood. Previous generations remember gathering as a necessity. Today, however, it is enjoyed equally as a recreation activity, often partaken with other outdoor activities.

A variety of products can be gathered on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Please check with the local Ranger District Office for information on permits for products from Christmas trees and mistletoe to river rock and fieldstone.

Fuelwood Permits

The primary season for fuelwood cutting is Summer/Fall. Permits become available after the monsoon season begins each year - after the forest has received enough moisture to reduce wildfire danger. This is generally in Mid-July. All Summer/Fall permits issued will expire no later than December 31 of the year they were issued. Some districts may offer a winter permit, weather and snowpack permitting. These permits generally become available mid to late January and are only available at select districts. Please call your preferred district for more information on permit availability.  Fuelwood permits are NOT available year-round so please plan ahead for your winter needs.

Personal use fuelwood permits have a limit of ten cords per person per year. The annual cord limit includes both the spring permit and the fall permit. Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is measured at four-and-a-half feet from the base of the tree at ground level. Only the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ District Offices sell fuelwood permits and can accept the following forms of payment: cash, check, and credit card.

Permit Tags, Measurements, Woodcutting Checklist

Permit Basics

  • Be sure you understand your permit.
  • No firewood may be cut for home use without a proper permit.
  • Never cut alone. Let someone know where you are planning to cut and what time you expect to return home.
  • Scatter branches and other debris.
  • Cut in only designated or specified areas.
  • Help keep your forests clean, PACK TRASH OUT.
  • Leave gates as you found them.
  • Do not drive off road if ground is soft or wet.
  • Always carry your permit with you.
  • Always be prepared for adverse weather. Bring a cell phone, extra clothing layers, and snacks. A survival kit is always a good idea when traveling in winter.
  • Costs vary by district and type of permit desired. Contact your local district for more details. 

You must be 18 years or older to purchase fuelwood.