Forest Products Permits

Forest Products

The National Forests were originally envisioned as working forests with multiple objectives: to improve and protect the forest, to secure favorable watershed conditions, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for the use of citizens of the United States. Forest management objectives have evolved and are broadly captured in the USDA Forest Service Strategic Plan FY 2015-2020 goals to sustain our Nation’s Forests and Grasslands and deliver benefits to the public. More specifically, timber sales and other removals of forest products support agency strategic objectives to foster resilient, adaptive ecosystems to mitigate climate change, mitigate wildfire risk, and strengthen communities.

Forest products include materials derived from a forest for commercial and personal use such as lumber, paper, and firewood as well as “special forest products” such as medicinal herbs, fungi, edible fruits and nuts, and other natural products.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Permits can now be purchased at

Contracts and Permits

The Forest Service sells timber and special forest products on a variety of contract and permit forms based on the complexity and/or value of the sale. Read more about contracts and permits…


Personal use woodcutting permits for portions of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument will be available beginning April 19, 2021 and expire November 30, 2021. Permits will be processed over the phone at one of the numbers listed below, and then mailed out to the permittee. Please be advised that it may take a couple of weeks to receive your permit. 

Permits cannot be requested until April 19, 2021.

Visitor Information Services are available to process permit requests Monday- Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hume Lake Ranger District in Dunlap      (559) 791-5758
Western Divide District in Springville       (559) 539-2607
‚ÄčKern River Ranger District in Kernville    (760) 376-3781
Email assistance is available at

Woodcutting requirements may vary substantially through the summer.  Please check with your local ranger district office to see if there are any specific local restrictions or requirements. 

Forest Products Measurement

Timber cruising, scaling, volume estimation, and geospatial information supporting the Forest Service’s Forest Product Sales program. Read more about forest products measurement…

Special Forest Products

Products or natural resources from the National Forests that are not the traditional timber and fiber products. Read more about special forest products…

Tree Marking Paint

The National Headquarters’ Forest Management Staff provides information, specifications, and meeting notes about tree marking paint. Read more about tree marking paint…


Timber Sale Preparation Process Video

The U.S. Forest Service Timber Sale Preparation Process (The Gate System) A Short Overview is a short narrated video presentation that introduces employees and partners to the Timber Sale gate process as outlined in Forest Service manual 2430 and Forest Service handbook 2409.18.