Passes & Permits

Forest climbing ranger on Mt. Adams

Gifford Pinchot National Forest protects natural resource values, public health and safety and recreation facilities according to its management plans. In order to meet long-term objectives, passes or permits may be required. 

The type of use of the forest determines what kind of pass or permit might be needed.

Recreation Passes & Permits

In Washington and Oregon some national forest recreation sites require a day use fee or permit.  

Where can I get a recreation pass?

  • You can get a recreation pass at any Forest Service office.
  • These vendors sell annual and day passes for your convenience.

Where do my recreation fees go?

Forest Products Permits

Forest products are forest resources not associated with traditional timber products but are used for personal, commercial, and scientific purposes. Examples include: firewood, Christmas trees, wildflowers, cones, tree boughs, mushrooms, and moss.  For information about rocks, stones, and minerals, click here.

Special Use Permits (Event and Commercial Use Permits)

A Special Use Authorization is a permit that grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use subject to specified terms and conditions on National Forest System land.

Special use permits are required for facilities, improvements, services, and events on National Forest System land.  Gatherings with more than 74 people and that are non-commercial in nature must also be permitted.

Special uses can include, but are not limited to, the following types of uses:

Other Permits