Passes & Permits
The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests manage resources to meet sustainable resource management objectives. Management protects natural resource values, public health and safety, and is consistent with the Forest land and resource management plans outlined in the Forest Plan. Permits are required to use National Forests lands when there is commercial gain, or when there is an impact on Forest resources. In order to meet these objectives, permits may be required for the occupancy and use of Forest Service land.
General recreation day use fees, reservation fees, season passes, camping fees, and Federal passes are used to develop, maintain and improve visitor services and recreation opportunities. and to help fund conservation programs for land, wildlife, waterways and historical sites. Find our more about how recreation passes and permits apply on the Forests.
Edible material, decorative material, minerals, plants, woody material (including Christmas tree and firewood) are all available to harvest in a forest and are managed through the use of permits in order to provide the greatest good and meet forest management objectives.
Events and Commercial Permits (Commercial Recreation)
Commercial activities on the National Forest such as outfitting & guiding, recreation or competitive events, filming, or vendors may require a Special Use Permit. Find out more.
Other Permits (Non-Commercial Groups, All Lands Uses)
Private driveways and trails, utility corridors, logging access, maple tapping, and large gatherings such as weddings or reunions may require a permit. Find out more.