Firewood And Other Forest Product Harvesting On Fort Drum


2024 Firewood Permits Are Now Available For Purchase.

Forest Product Permits are available for purchase on-line only and are valid for use throughout the entire calender year.

Fort Drum Forest Product Permits, used for the collection of firewood in the Training Areas of Fort Drum, must be purchased on-line through this website. Firewood harvesters must now have an Isportsman account to register for a Forest Product Permit. If you do not already have an isportsmans account, click here for step by step instrucitons for setting up an account and obtaining Recreation and Forest Product permits. If you do already have an account, select the Forest Product Permit from the list of available permits and add it to your cart.  Forest Product Permits must be aquired in a seperate transaction from the other types of free recreation passes. In other words, the Forest Product Permit must be the only pass in your "Cart" when checking out.

Forest Product Permits are sold on an annual basis. Permits will be valid for the entire calender year with an annual fee of $100. Purchase your permit in January and use it to collect firewood anytime throughout the year, in any Training Area that is open for recreation and firewood harvesting. There is no limit to how much firewood you may collect with the permit.

Firewood harvesting is allowed in any training area that is not closed for military training. Firewood harvesting is not allowed in the Cantornement Area, in and around Wheeler Sack Army Airfield, or in Training Areas 5E and 6C. See map below for a more detatiled view of the areas that are off limits to firewood harvesting (or download a copy here).

Permit holders are required to check in and out of the training areas using this website through a computer or smartphone (preferred), or by calling the Sportsman's Hotline (1-855-267-9970).  Detailed instructions on how to check in using the website can be downloaded here. Check out procedures can be downloaded here. Permit holders can be checked into up to three Training Areas at one time.

Other types of forest products:  On occasion there may be availability of non-firewood forest products such as: walking sticks, pine boughs, pinecones, and tree seeds.  A free collection permit for such products may be obtained, on a case by case basis, directly through the Fort Drum Forest Management Office.  This type of permit may allow cutting of live vegetation during certain times of the year.  You must still possess a valid Fort Drum recreation pass in addition to the issued collection permit. Please call 315-772-3170 if you are interested in these other types of forest products.

Requirements and Regulations for Harvesting Forest Products

Permit holders are required to read and unsderstand the regulations outlined in FD Reg 420-6 Forest Product Sales.

In general:

Stay Safe!  Always were the proper PPE.

Other Opportunities for Firewood

There may be times when larger quantities of firewood become available for purchase. This may include trees that have been removed due to construction projects or safety reasons, as well as small areas of standing timber that are ready to be thinned to meet forest managemnt objectives.  Notifications of these opportunities are sent out by email from the Fort Drum Forestry Office.  Anyone who is interested in recieving these notifications should contact the Forestry Office (315-772-3170) to be added to the email list.

Log Pile Bid Opportunities:  Trees that have been cut down for small construciton projects or other reasons will be collected and seperated into log length firewood piles. These piles may range from 3-5 full cords in size and will be made up of only hardwood species.  The firewood piles will then be sold through a sealed bid process to the highest bidder.


Standing Firewood LotsOccasionally standing firewood lots will also be sold through a sealed bid process. These are small areas, usually ranging from 1-3 acres is size, in which all trees available for harvest are marked with blue paint.  Successful bidders will have the rights to harvest all the designated trees in these lots in accordance with the regulations defined in  FD Reg 420-6.



The sealed bid process for these opportunities will be as follows: