Forest Products Permits

Fuelwood Permits

Personal use fuelwood permits for the Payette, Boise and Sawtooth NFs will go on sale beginning May 15, 2018 and end on November 30, 2018.

There is a 4-cord minimum purchase for the personal use firewood permits. The minimum permit is $25.00 ($6.25 per cord). You can buy up to 10 cords per family per year.

With your firewood permit purchase, you will need to carry the permit, load tickets (in 1/4 cord increments), and a Boise, Payette or Sawtooth NF firewood brochure.

Forest Service law enforcement officials also recommend you have the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the area in your possession.  

When you buy a fuelwood permit you are responsible for fully understanding and agree to all conditions of the permit. Violations of the conditions of the permit are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both (16 USC 551).

Christmas Tree Permits

The Boise and Payette National Forests Offices will begin selling Christmas tree permits on November 19, 2018 and continue through December 25.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. For both Forests, the cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise NFs.

All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips. A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and the use of permits for commercial use is prohibited. Permits are not refundable for any reason.

In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit. The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to and complete the application process.

Mushroom Picking Permit

Mushroom Gathering Policy

At this time, no Commercial Mushroom Permits are available..

Mushroom gathering is best, as soon as the snow melts, in areas that have been burned or had ground disturbance within 2-3 years.  The first year is usually the best.  

2018 Mushroom Picking General Guidelines within the Payette National Forest

At this time, mushroom picking is for personal use only, and no permit required.


Personal use harvesting - applies:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:  (0402-00-50):

  • Persons may personal harvest up to 5 gallons of morel mushrooms per person and possess up to 10 gallons per person per day.

  • The mushrooms are used for non-commercial purposes only.

  • Mushrooms are not to be sold for profit.

The best times for successful mushroom gathering are dependent upon the picking area.  Mushrooms emerge in the spring when moisture, soil, aspect, snow levels and temperatures are just right. Generally the season starts in late May and extends through June.  

Most often the best location for mushrooms is in areas that were burned or the soil was disturbed the previous year.  Sometimes there are mushrooms found two-three years after the burn, although usually the first year is generally the optimal season. The spring snow pack helps determine the amount and timing of mushroom growth.  Snow melt can greatly influence when, and for how long, mushrooms survive. 

Please use caution, because of this year's above normal snow pack, roads at elevations above 5000 feet may remain impassible due to snow and debris through June! Also rivers and creeks are running very high and can be dangerous.

Whitebark Pine

"Why There is No Firewood Harvesting of Whitebark Pine"