Passes & Permits
Most national forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. User fees that help pay for facilities and services may be charged at some sites. Several types of passes and permits exist for sites that require fees. Special use permits are also available for specific purposes involving use and/or occupancy of National Forest System lands.
Federal recreation passes cover many National Forest standard amenity fees, and offer discounts on many extended amenity fees. Recreation passes and permits help fund site maintenance and improvements.
A forest produces a variety of products which people can harvest, collect, and use for a variety of things. Depending on the forest product, and its use - gathering these items may require a permit.
A special-use authorization is a legal document such as a permit, term permit, lease, or easement, allowing occupancy, use, rights, or privileges of agency land.