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: You may gather plants and other products for personal use on all national forest land except: federally designated wilderness areas, research natural areas, developed recreation areas, Forest Service administrative areas, the Argonne Experimental Forest, within 100 feet of a lake or pond, and within 100 feet of hiking trails that are within one-half mile of developed campgrounds. It’s important to know where you are and to be sure that you are not harvesting on private land. Please also be mindful of aesthetics and safety if you gather along roads or trails. 

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

A: Yes. Any plants found on the Regional Forester's Sensitive 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.



The following maps show areas where personal and/or commercial harvesting is prohibited.

You can also use the following QR codes to easily find the maps in the Avenza app.