Passes & Permits

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The Forest Service offers many activities such as hiking, camping, harvesting forest products such as mushrooms, gathering firewood, and cutting Christmas trees. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free, but others require fees, permits, or passes to help maintain, manage and improve upon the amenities you enjoy. This section will help you understand the variety of passes and permits available to you. 


Special Use Permits

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.

Other Permits

There are variety of other permits that may be needed for things like Recreation Residences, or Communication Sites. Click here to find out more about other permits on National Forest Land.


Forest Products Permits

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...