If you have a permit, you can harvest dead and down trees in the National Forests in North Carolina. You can obtain a permit at the Nantahala Ranger District Office on Sloan Road.
A permit costs $20.00 for approximately four cords of firewood. A permit holder may take a maximum of 16 cords (with four permits) of firewood in a calendar year.
There are certain areas where firewood may not be harvested such as:
• Wilderness areas;
• Active timber sale areas;
• Scenic areas;
• Campgrounds; and
• Day-use areas.
Standing trees (live or dead) may not be cut down.
Each year, approximately 2,500 cords of wood are harvested from the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests.