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Free personal wood cutting begins April 1st - Silver Valley News

April 1st through June 1st, the U.S. Forest Service will allow free personal wood cutting in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. No permit will be required during that time period.


Woodcutters can take up to 12 cords of wood for personal use only.


Forest officials request that woodcutters also follow these requirements:

  • Do not fell green (live) trees for firewood. Do not cut cedar or Pacific yew.

  • Do not cut standing dead trees or down logs with signs, tags or paint marks on them. 

  • Firewood gathering is prohibited in all developed recreation areas, campgrounds and wild and scenic river corridors.

  • Firewood gathering is prohibited within timber sale units or other areas signed or shown on the firewood gathering area map (if provided) as being closed to firewood gathering.

  • Trees or logs must NOT be felled or skidded across live streams, lakes, or reservoirs. If a tree is accidentally felled into a waterway, leave the entire tree.  Firewood gathering is prohibited within 150 feet of any running stream, pond, lake, marshy, or wet area.

  • The following activities are prohibited:  using over-the-terrain vehicles for skidding, yarding or skidding systems in excess of 100 feet, log trucks for hauling, or vehicles driven off roadways to gather firewood.

  • Six feet is the maximum length piece that may be removed under the firewood program.

  • The following are fire regulations for vehicles and chainsaws (during proclaimed fire season):

  • Chainsaw operators must have a serviceable fire extinguisher (liquid chemical 8 oz. or dry chemical 1 lb.) and shovel available at all times.

  • Chainsaws must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor screen.

  • All vehicles must be equipped with a baffled muffler and serviceable tailpipe.

  • Firewood obtained is intended for personal use only. Inquire by phone or email with your local District offices regarding commercial firewood permits.

  • Pile or lop and scatter slash away from roads, power lines, telephone lines, ditches and stream courses.


The Forest Service wants to remind woodcutters to use caution when driving in the woods. Higher elevations still have a good amount of snow. Roads at lower elevations are muddy and can easily cause damage to the roadbed.


U.S. Forest Service

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