The Six Rivers National Forest (SRNF) will continue to issue free personal-use firewood permits through Dec. 31 despite closures due to COVID-19 or the wildfires.
Although the permits are free, woodcutters will still be required to hold a personal-use firewood permit and follow all regulations within that permit. To receive a free permit, call any SRNF ranger district office, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.:
Gasquet Ranger District: (707) 457-3131
Orleans/Ukonom Ranger District: (530) 627-3291
Lower Trinity Ranger District: (530) 629-2118
Mad River Ranger District: (707) 574-6233
With all offices still closed to the public, all permits will be mailed to requestors, so allow extra time for delivery. The permit package will include the permit, a personal-use firewood map and firewood tags.
These permits are only valid on SRNF lands open to firewood cutting. With a personal-use firewood permit, up to 10 cords of firewood may be cut for personal use. Any previously obtained 2020 firewood permits will count toward the 10-cord limit. A cord is the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.
If a 2020 firewood permit was purchased prior to COVID-19 office closures, the permit remains valid and can be used until the termination date of the permit. Additional information, including maps, may be found at www.fs.usda.gov/main/srnf/passes-permits/forestproducts.
It is the responsibility of the permit holder to be aware of the daily firewood-cutting restrictions in effect. Firewood-cutting restriction information can be obtained by calling (707) 441-3665 or visiting www.fs.usda.gov/goto/srnf/firewood-pal.
In addition, permit holders need to be aware of any forest closures in effect. Currently, there are closures around the Slater (Gasquet Ranger District), Red Salmon Complex (Orleans/Ukonom and Lower Trinity Ranger Districts), and August Complex-North Zone (Mad River Ranger District) fire areas. For information on these closures, go to www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices.