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-graders are eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park initiative. In order to receive a free tree permit, students must present a valid voucher printed from the Every Kid in a Park website at

For more information on forest products permits, visit or stop by the Eagle River-Florence Ranger District Office at 1247 E. Wall Street in Eagle River or phone (715) 479-2827.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin's northwoods, managing lands for multiple uses including forestry, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, fisheries management, special forest products gathering, wilderness and natural areas management.

The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties.