Permits for Firewood from US Forests in NC

Published Nov 8, 2012

The U.S. Forest Service reminds residents who live near the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests that permits are required to collect firewood for home heating.

Local residents can purchase firewood permits from local ranger district offices. Approximately 2,500 cords of wood are harvested from the four national forests annually.

A permit costs $20.00 for approximately four cords of firewood for personal use. A permit holder may take a maximum of 8 cords (or two permits) of firewood in a calendar year.

Firewood may not be harvested in wilderness areas, active timber sale areas, campgrounds and day-use areas. Permit holders are limited to harvesting dead and down trees; standing trees (live or dead) may not be cut. Firewood permits must be in the permit holder's possession while harvesting and transporting products.

Permit sales are final and cannot be refunded or transferred. Firewood harvested under these permits is for personal use only and may not be resold.

Removing any plant or its parts from national forest land without a permit or outside of the legal harvest season is considered theft. Every national forest plant is public property, which means plant thieves are robbing taxpayers of a resource that is collectively owned. Penalties for plant poaching may include a fine up to $5,000 or six-month sentence in federal prison, or both.

For more information about collecting firewood in the national forests, click here.

A list of district office addresses is available here. Click on: "Ranger District Offices."

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