The permits are good for one year and allow woodcutters to take up to 12 cords of firewood. The permits cost $7.00 per cord, and there is a $28 or four cord minimum purchase. A cord is the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.
Permits can be purchased weekdays at any Forest Service office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Just like last year, woodcutters will receive load tickets with each firewood permit. The load tickets are required to be stapled on all loads of firewood coming off the Bitterroot National Forest. Last year’s load tickets are obsolete and woodcutters will receive new ones for this season.
Personal use wood permits allow you to remove downed timber or to cut standing dead trees under most conditions on National Forests and Grasslands, and Bureau of Land Management lands within Montana, Northern Idaho, and portions of North and South Dakota. It’s important to check with the local ranger station to see if there are any specific local restrictions or requirements.
Woodcutters must have their firewood permit and load ticket with them while harvesting wood, keep their vehicles on designated roads and trails, have an approved spark arrester on chainsaws and splitters and carry a shovel and fire extinguisher. No wood can be cut or gathered within 150 feet of streams, creeks or waterways. Firewood gathering is also prohibited in all developed recreation areas, campgrounds and along Wild and Scenic River Corridors.
For more information and guidelines check the firewood permit and firewood cutting handout available at all Bitterroot National Forest offices or visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot.