Forest Products Permits

Gathering Special Forest Products on the Chequamegon-Nicolet

Questions and Answers

Q: What kind of products can I obtain on the Forest?

A: There are many forest products that can be purchased with a Forest Products Removal Permit. Free Use Permits may also be issued for a small amount of a product that is intended for personal use only. While the most popular products purchased are Christmas trees, boughs, and firewood, several other products such as princess pine, birch bark and assorted twigs and stems can be purchased under a Forest Products Removal or Free Use Permit. The best way to find out more about what you can obtain, either free or for a fee, is to contact any of our District Offices.

Please note: Christmas tree permits are NOT available at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center.

Q: Can I gather these products anywhere on the Forest?

A: No. Harvesting of all plants and other products is prohibited in Research Natural Areas, Candidate Research Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness study areas, administrative sites, developed recreation sites, wetlands, within 100 feet of trails that are within one half mile of developed campgrounds, within 100 feet of water bodies, in Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized areas, the Oconto River Seed Orchard, and the Riley Lake and Moquah Barrens areas. Each district office will issue you a map along with your permit or permits. The map displays areas where you can't remove trees, boughs, or firewood. Your best bet is to have a permit issued where you plan to use it. 

Q: Are there certain Forest products I can't gather?

A: Yes. Any plants found on the Regional Forester's Spensitive Species List (pdf) for the Chequamegon-Nicolet are not available for collection under a Forest Products Removal or Free Use Permit. Click on the links for additional gathering restrictions as they apply to Christmas trees, boughs, and firewood.

Q: How can I tell if I'm on National Forest land when I'm gathering forest products?

A: You can't in most cases. Wisconsin does not require landowners to post their land. It's important for you to know where you are, since private property is scattered throughout the forest. Maps with a variety of scales may be purchased at any District Office.