Forest Products Permits

Fuelwood Permits

Fuelwood permits are one of the most frequently issued permits on the Forest. The fuelwood cutting season is year-round, and several types of permits are available.  Please note that areas often change due to the availability of wood, weather, and other reasons, so always check before you go to ensure the best use of your time.

Call your local ranger district for the most current information.

  • Permits expire at the end of each calendar year (December 31)
  • Fuelwood may not be gathered within wilderness areas
  • Sorry, no refunds once a permit is purchased



Phone: Call our offices to purchase your permit using a credit card over the phone. 

Mail: We are temporarily allowing the purchase a permit by mail with a check or money order. Call our offices to find out all the required information you must provide in your letter. Do NOT send cash. 

In-Person: Visit one of our four Lincoln National Forest offices in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Cloudcroft or Ruidoso.



The cost of a fuelwood permit is $20.00 for up to 10 cords of wood.





Dead and Down Wood

  • Some areas have stacked piles ready for you, others you will have to gather to cut.
  • Once a permit is purchased, you may gather wood from any of the dead/down areas throughout the Forest.
  • On the Guadalupe Ranger District, you may gather dead/down material off of every USFS open road on USFS lands.

Green Standing Wood

  • You are limited to green/standing areas only, except on the Guadalupe Ranger District, where you may cut off of any USFS open road up to 50 feet from the road.

Here are a few fuelwood cutting tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Be sure you understand your permit.
  • Never cut alone.
  • Scatter branches and other debris.
  • Cut in only designated or specified areas.
  • Help keep your forests clean, PACK TRASH OUT.
  • Leave gates as you found them.
  • Do not drive off the road if the ground is soft or wet.
  • Always carry your permit with you.


Christmas Tree Permits

No longer available for winter 2020/2021. 


Other Forest Products 

In addition to fuelwood, there are a variety of other products that can be gathered on the Lincoln National Forest. Please check with your local district office for information on permits for products like mistletoepine nuts and latillas.