Forest Products Permits

[Photo]: Chainsaw on a stack of firewood.



The San Bernardino National Forest does allow wood products to be gathered and collected with a permit.

Personal Fuelwood Permit

Personal wood gathering  permits allow you to cut firewood for your household on National Forest land.  With your permit you will be given information about the specific rules and regulations for the San Bernardino National Forest including information about where you may cut. It is your responsibility to know where you are cutting, as well as, to know and follow the rules and regulations governing your permit.

Basic Conditions and Rules:

  • Gathering of fuelwood must be on National Forest Land, location will be provided.
  • One permit per household at one time.
  • Limit 10 cords per year, per household.
  • Permits are not refundable.
  • Permit issuance and use may be restricted due to conditions and fuelwood availability.
  • All chainsaws must have a US Forest Service approved spark arrester.
  • You must have a serviceable round point shovel no less than 46 inches in length, an/or  an approved ABC class fire extinguisher within 25 feet of the cutting area.

  • You must report any fire immediately – Dial 911

  • Cutting may be restricted on days posing high fire danger and current weather conditions.

  • Permit holders are required to contact the Forest Service in advance of cutting to determine the fire restrictions in effect for that day.

  • All forest products transported must have load ticket completed and attached to load.  Forest products (firewood) from private property or purchased cannot be transported without a bill of sale, or written permit. (California Penal Code 384.5)

  • The Goldspotted Oak Borer is an invasive pest transported in oak firewood, so it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area. To help stop the spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer use firewood from local sources - “Buy it Where you Burn It”  Also, leave firewood at home - do not transport it to recreational cabins, campgrounds or parks. Anyone planning to purchase or burn firewood is encouraged to visit to learn how help stop the spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer and other pests through the movement of firewood.

Ranger District Fuelwood Gathering  Information

Mountaintop Ranger District (Fawnskin, CA)

The Big Bear Discovery Center is closed for renovations. The anticipated reopening date will be summer 2020.

Wood Cutting Permits for the Mountaintop Ranger District. 

Wood permits can be purchased by appointment at the forest headquarters in San Bernardino by calling 909-382-2600 or by completing the Feedback Form on the Forest's Contact Us webpage. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Closed Saturday and Sunday and all Federal Holidays.

- Permit is a minimum of 2 cords of wood, at a cost of $15.00 per cord, total cost of $30.00.

  • Permit season begins April 1 and ends March 31st of the following year.
  • No cutting of standing dead trees.
  • Fuelwood accessibility may be limited due to road and weather conditions.
  • Fuelwood availability is limited by supply.
  • Permits are issued on a District wide basis only (Mountaintop permits- fuelwood must be collected only on the Mountaintop District).

San Jacinto Ranger District (Idyllwild, CA)

  • Permit is a minimum of 2 cords of wood, at a cost of $15.00 per cord, at a cost of $30.00
  • Permits are valid for 30 days from issuance, year-around.
  • Permits may be restricted due to conditions and fuelwood availability.
  • Contact the Ranger Station in Idyllwild for more information
  • Permits must be purchased in person - Please call ahead to check for permit availability. 909-382-2921

Front Country Ranger District (Lytle Creek, CA)

  • Fuelwood permits are rarely available for the Front Country Ranger District.
  • Permit is a minimum of 2 cords of wood, at a cost of $10.00 per cord, total cost of $20.00
  • Permits are usually valid until March 31st of the following year, and only for special cutting areas based on conditions and fuelwood availability.
  • Contact the Lytle Creek Ranger Station for more information.
  • Permits must be purchased in person - Please call ahead to check for permit availability. 909-382-2851

Forest Headquarters (San Bernardino, CA)

  • Fuelwood and other forest product permits for any of the districts are generally available for sale at Forest Headquarters.
  • Due to staffing, please call ahead to schedule an appointment with a Collection Officer to issue a permit: 909-382-2600.

Other Forest Products

Those wishing to collect products such as seeds, pine cones, plant specimens, manzanita, mistletoe, and other forest products are required to obtain a permit before removing anything from National Forest land. Permits may not be available in all areas. Mushroom collecting is not permitted on the San Bernardino National Forest.  The permit will tell you where you may collect and any restrictions which may apply. Contact the Ranger Station in the area you would like to visit to find out how to obtain your permit. Permit requests will need such information such as the collector's name and address and vehicle information as well as amount and proposed location of collection. Some permits will have an associated fee depending on type and product amount.  Be sure to plan ahead, as some permits require advance notice of several weeks.!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKBfkO2oCADIwpjI/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=San%20Bernardino%20National%20Forest-%20Forest%20Products%20Permits&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=110512&pnavid=160000000000000&navid=160110000000000&ttype=main&cid=FSE_003759