Forest Products Permits

Firewood Permits

Permits for dead and down wood are issued for personal use for as few as two cords or as many as five cords per calendar year.  The cost is $20 for 2 cords and $10 for each additional cord up to 5 maximum.  

The personal use firewood permit covers most of the White Mountain National Forest, excluding active timber sales, developed recreation areas, designated Wilderness, and the Bartlett and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests.  

Need to know before purchasing a firewood permit:

  • A permit can be purchased with cash or check made out to the 'US Forest Service'.
  • At the time of purchase please provide a valid drivers license and vehicle registration for the vehicle that will be used to collect the firewood.
  • The permit expires December 31 in the calendar year it was issued.

Christmas tree permits

Create special memories by bringing your family to the White Mountain National Forest to cut your own Christmas tree.  

You will need a permit to cut any Christmas tree in the National Forest.  These can be purchased for $5 at any of the Forest offices beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving Day.  Please call the specific Forest office to verify business hours.

Need to know about Christmas tree permits:

  •  Tree permit can be purchased for $5.00 with cash or check.
  • Trees are for personal use only, not for resale. One permit per family; one tree per permit.
  • Use only hand tools to cut Christmas trees, such as an ax or handsaw. Chainsaws are not permitted.
  • Make sure you are on National Forest land. Respect the rights of landowners when crossing private property.
  • Do not cut trees within 100 feet of:
    • campgrounds
    • picnic areas
    • trailheads or developed recreation areas
    • experimental forests
    • designated wilderness areas
    • water bodies
    • active timber sales.
  • Do not cut trees within 100 feet of paved roads and 50 feet from dirt roads.
  • Do not cut trees larger than 6 inches in diameter at chest height. Pack down limb piles low enough so they are within 2 feet of the ground.
  • Cut your tree so remaining stumps will be less than 10 inches in height.
  • Tree tags may be used as temporary Recreation Passes. Place the tag prominently on the dashboard while searching for a tree. Once the tree is at the vehicle, the tree must be tagged before transporting.