Forest Products Permits
On the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, a variety of forest products and renewable natural resources may be gathered or collected for personal use.
Some rules to remember:
- A permit is required to gather most forest products. Permits can be obtained at Forest Service District Offices
- Several forest products may be gathered without a permit in small quantities and for personal use only
- A permit is required to gather or collect any forest product in bulk or for commercial purposes.
- Forest Service permits are valid only on national forest lands
When collecting forest products, be aware that national forest lands are highly interspersed with private lands. Maps are available to help you determine where national forest boundaries occur.
The rules that govern the collection of forest products on national forest lands are in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36CFR261.6, which prohibits cutting, removing, or otherwise damaging any timber, tree, or other forest product, including special forest products and forest botanical products, except as authorized by Federal law, regulation, permit, contract, special use authorization, free-use authorization, or personal-use authorization.
Firewood may be cut/collected only in designated areas with a valid firewood permit. The cost of a permit is $20 and is sold only at the district offices. A map of the designated cutting/collection area will be provided with the permit. The permit is valid for cutting dead and down wood only, unless otherwise specified. No firewood permits are issued from the Supervisor's Office of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Russellville, AR.
Firewood for campers
When camping in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, visitors may collect firewood without a permit as long as it is used while camping.
- Firewood collected for camping must be dead and down on the ground.
- The cutting of live or dead standing trees is prohibited, no matter what size
- Campers may not take firewood home or carry it onto privately-owned land