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Passes & Permits

Photo of a person riding horseback though a meadow.Most national forests and grasslands are open, free of charge, for your use and enjoyment. Fees may be charged and permits required for some activities and locations. Business permitees, such as campground concessionaires and outfitter guides, may provide services to public land users with proper permits.  

Recreation Passes and Permits- Nebraska National Forest does not have a general entrance fee. There are fees for most camping areas. The forest honors Senior & Access Passes at all fee campgrounds. 

Forest Products Permits - Prior to removing forest products for personal use from National Forest System lands, visitors are required to purchase a Forest Products Permit such as a Christmas tree or and firewood permit.

Events and Commercial Permits - Special Uses Permits are required for certain special activities, such as large groups, educational activities, or film-making. 

National Information about permits

Permits are required for certain individual and commercial activities that occur on the Forest and Grasslands which include:

  • Advertising
  • Beekeeping
  • Christmas tree
  • Collection
  • Filming and photography
  • Fire
  • Firewood
  • Mushroom
  • Plants
  • Post and pole
  • Research
  • Rock and Fossil Collecting
  • Training for animals and people