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.


Personal use woodcutting permits for portions of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument will expire November 30, 2024.  

  • Kern River Ranger District  - (760) 376-3781
    In-person permits are available Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm 
  • Hume Lake Ranger District - (559) 338-2251
    In-person permits are available Monday thru Friday only, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Western Divide Ranger District - (559) 539-2607
    In-person permits are available Monday thru Friday only, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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

2024 Christmas Trees

2023 Christmas Tree Permit information available this fall.

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…

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.