National forests require firewood permits

Firewood gathered in the spring should be properly cured by winter.
 (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Firewood gathered in the spring should be properly cured by winter. (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS — Cutting firewood for personal or commercial use from national forests requires a permit. Peronal use permits go on sale Monday (April 1).

  • Exception: Colville National Forest permit sales have been delayed until April 8 because of printing delays. Info: (509) 684-7000.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests firewood permits are on sale. The minimum permit available is $20 for  4cords. Woodcutters may purchase multiple permits, up to a maximum of 12 cords of firewood per season.

The Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District also offers an online “permit by mail” system. From the webpage, customers can print the application, fill it out, and mail it along with a check or money order for payment to either the Fernan Office in Coeur d’Alene or the Smelterville Office in the Silver Valley. Your firewood permit will be mailed to you within one business day from receipt of your application.
This year the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District is also providing additional maps and instructions with each permit to assist firewood cutters.
Info: Silver Valley office, (208) 783-2363 or Fernan office, (208) 664-2318.

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