Vivid images of sagebrush, cows, rocks and dirt may come to mind when you think of the BLM, but you may be surprised to know that BLM also manages forested tracts of land. Each BLM field office determines how the timber is managed and sold based on what they hope to accomplish for specific areas of forests. Private contractors profit from the timber they harvest and simultaneously help the BLM with various resource objectives. Objectives include: reduction of hazardous fuels, enhancement of healthy forests and assistance with aspen rejuvenation.
Forest Lands Available
for Commercial Management
|Coeur d'Alene District|
|Idaho Falls District|
(includes Twin Falls District)
|Twin Falls District|
(includes Idaho Falls District
The East Zone of the Idaho Falls District Forestry Program is based out of the Pocatello Field Office and administers forest resources for the Pocatello and the Upper Snake Field Offices. Approximately 166,080 forested acres are located within this area.
Forest management practices such as selective thinning and prescribed fire, are being implemented to help restore overstocked stands to more natural historic levels. Objectives are to improve forest health, decrease hazardous fuel loading, improve wildlife habitat, and stimulate aspen growth.
SPECIAL FOREST PRODUCTS
As a service, the BLM provides the sale of certain forest products to the public. A valid permit must be in your possession at all times when cutting and removing forest products. You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a permit.
Violations pertaining to the Terms and Conditions of any Forest Product Permit, Resource Damage, or Damage to Government Property shall be punishable by law.
Permits are available for firewood, posts, poles, Christmas Trees, transplants, and other items by request. Areas for removal of forest products will be designated on the permit.
All permits (excluding Christmas trees) will cost a $15 minimum charge to cover processing.
- Firewood- Juniper firewood permits are $15.00 and allow the holder to cut up to 10 cords. This permit is good for Juniper ONLY. If you choose to purchase this permit you can't purchase a permit for another type of wood. All other firewood is $10.00 per cord; Minimum 2 cords and maximum 6 cords
- Post & Poles- Each permit will cost $15.00 ($0.30/pole). This will allow the holder to cut up to 50 poles. If you would like less than 50, you still need to purchase the $15 permit. A separate permit may be purchased for poles and posts.
- Christmas Trees- $10.00, limit one tree per household
PERMITS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
Idaho Falls Visitor Center
425 North Capital Avenue, Idaho Falls
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pocatello Field Office
4350 S. Cliffs Drive / Pocatello, ID
Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kwik Stop (Christmas Trees Only)
226 E. 50 South
Malad City, Idaho
Monday through Sunday, 5 am to 10 pm.
*All permits sold at this location will be charged a $1.00 processing fee.
Questions regarding firewood removal may be directed to Eric Ott at the Pocatello Field Office, 208-478-6340.
Firewood permits are generally available June 1 to November 30 (weather permitting - call to verify). NO firewood may be cut /removed after November 30th. Please be aware that some areas have gates that close on November 15th.
Firewood cutting will be open to legally accessible BLM lands. You must obtain permission from private land owners to cross private land. Other closed areas are listed below.
Closed Areas in the Pocatello Field Office Boundary Include (but are not limited to):
- Petticoat Peak and Worm Creek Wilderness Study Areas
- Wolverine Canyon
- Closed Areas in Pleasantview Range Associated with timber sale (see map): Parts of North Canyon and all of Point Canyon
Closed Areas in Upper Snake Field Office Boundary Include (but are not limited to):
- Sand Mountain WSA
- Black Canyon WSA
- Appendictiz Hill WSA
- Snake River Islands WSA
- Henrys Lake WSA
- White Knob Mountain
- Hawley Mountain
- China Cup
- Cedar Butte
- Hell's Half Acre
- Burn't Creek
All Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) are closed to Christmas tree cutting. Check out the maps of the nearby WSAs to learn more.
Maps provided are to commonly used areas only. You may purchase maps for your specific area from the BLM office or the Idaho Falls Visitor Center.
Christmas Tree Maps