Permit required to collect firewood

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding residents who are collecting firewood on National Forest Land that they must have a permit.

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.