Forest Products Permits

People enjoy collecting herbs, cones, latillas and other items from National Forest land.

In order to become familiar with the rules, it is always best to check with the Carson National Forest before gathering/collecting items from Forest land.

All plants on National Forest Service lands, from pine cones to the largest trees, belong to the American Public. Just as the Forest Service sells timber, harvesting plant materials that are of value must be purchased for a fair market value with the proceeds going to the U.S. Treasury. Permits are sometimes required to provide guidelines for appropriate collection, make collectors aware of any restrictions in collecting and to display the appropriate fee.

Christmas Trees

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Carson National Forest will be available starting Monday, November 19 through Friday, December 21. Each permit is $5 (for any species) up to 10 feet, $10 for over 10 feet - up to 15 feet, and $15 for over 15 feet - up to 20 feet. As many as three permits can be purchased per person. You may either cut or dig up your tree.  Visit our Christmas Tree page for detailed information.

Dead and Down

Harvest time for dead and down firewood is May - December. Permits are not sold from January - April. Dead and Down wood permits cost $20.00 for five cords or $40.00 for ten cords, and there is a ten cord limit per household per year. These permits are generally available starting May 1, through December 31, forest wide.  You must be at least 18 years of age and show valid picture identification when purchasing your permit, and the person buying the permit must be the one harvesting and hauling the fuelwood. Permits are available at every district office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Chainsaw use can be restricted at times during the summer due to fire hazard.

Check Current Conditions web page for current fire restrictions before heading out for wood products.

Latillas and Stays

No live aspen. 

Camino Real District- $0.50 per stem, not to exceed 4" butt diameter.

Questa, Canjilon, Tres Piedras, and El Rito Districts-green latillas  $0.25 per stem, not to exceed 4" butt diameter.

Dead & Down Latillas are avaiable on the Questa Rnager District- $20.00 per 300 greater than 7' long and not over 4" butt dieamter.  May 15- October 20

Season- May 1st through December 31st.

The following are not open for latilla cutting:

  • Reforestation areas
  • Within 150 feet of paved graveled forest roads
  • Within 150 feet of lake and flowing streams
  • Within established recreation areas

All latillas must be at least 2 inches in diameter but not exceed a 4 inch diamter at the butt.

Load removal records must be filled out, signed, and dated before leaving the area.

Permits must be purchased at the Ranger District you are planning to collect at.

Green and Dead Vigas

Contact your local Ranger District for additional informtion on limits and season. 

Green Vigas (all species) Dead Vigas (except dead, standing Ponderosa Pine)

  • 6.9" DBH & Less - $0.05/LF
  • 7.0" DBH to 8.9" - $0.15/LF
  • 9.0” DBH to 11.9” - $0.20/LF
  • 12.0” DBH to 15.9” - $0.50/LF
  • 16.0” DBH to 19.9” - $0.70/LF
  • 20.0” DBH to 23.9” - $0.90/LF

Designated areas only for green vigas. 

Miscellanous Products

Contact your local Ranger District for additional information on price, season, limit, and designated areas.

  • Wildling
  • Cones and Needles
  • Boughs
  • Herbs
  • Juniper Post

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