Passes & Permits

Do you need a Permit? Maybe...

Before you plan an activity on the Forest, please be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or pass. Common activities that will need these include wood cutting, commercial mushroom picking (personal use does not require a permit), and cutting a Christmas tree.

Special Use Permits

Special Use Authorizations provide use of National Forest System lands for a wide variety of activities. Authorizations can be issued to both commercial and non-commercial operations.

Recreation Passes

There are a variety of Interagency Passes which allow for discounted recreational use of certain Federal lands and facilities. See Recreational Passes and Permits for more information.


Firewood Information


Personal Use firewood may not be sold or bartered for personal gain. Individuals may cut and remove up to 25 cords of dead wood per year.


Alaska residents wishing to remove Free Use wood products from the National Forest should thoroughly read and understand all of the information in this policy to ensure compliance with all Federal Regulations, and to understand their responsibilities to the land and its’ resources.

Currently, the Seward and Glacier Ranger Districts only allow the removal of dead material for free use timber. With the high mortality of spruce trees from the spruce bark beetle on the Kenai Peninsula, we feel that the remaining green trees are best served as a seed source for future forests.