The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has forest product permits available for individuals looking to harvest items like boughs or firewood.

In addition to boughs and firewood, permits are also available for Christmas trees, birch bark and assorted twigs and stems through a Forest Products Removal Permit. Some permits are available as a free use permit.

Individuals interested in obtaining a forest product permit are encouraged to contact the Ranger District Office closest to the location of harvesting activities. Office staff are available to answer questions, share maps of harvest areas and outline areas to avoid.

Permits may be purchased from Ranger District Offices across the forest. Firewood cutting permits are $20 ($5 per cord, four-cord minimum). Bough permits are $80 for up to two tons of material. Additional material may be purchased for $40 per ton.

Christmas tree permits are $5 per tree with a limit of five trees per person.

Fourth-grade students are eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors program. In order for students to receive a free tree permit from offices, they must present a valid pass or voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website at

For more information on forest products permits, people can visit, stop by the Eagle River-Florence Ranger District Office at 1247 E. Wall Street in Eagle River or call (715) 479-2827. Permits also are available at the Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center in Florence. 

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