Members of the public who wish to cut firewood on vacant Crown land for personal use must obtain authorization via a "Free Use Permit for Firewood" from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. There is no charge for this privilege, only a commitment to abide by a number of simple rules that are outlined in the Free Use Permit. Firewood cutters must obtain a 'Free Use Permit' from each Forest District where they intend to cut firewood on Crown land, signed by each District Manager or designate.
Region and District Administrative Boundaries (pdf map of BC)
Each permittee must read and understand the conditions of the Free Use Permit for Fire-Wood Cutting prior to signing it. The Permittee must carry the Permit at all times and must produce the Permit at the request of a Forest Officer, Conservation Officer or a Peace Officer. Cutting firewood on Crown Land without this permit may result in confiscation of the wood and charges.
It is up to the permit holder to determine whether he/she is cutting on 'vacant crown land' (e.g. NOT private land or Indian Reserve). Here is an overview map that roughly shows settlement areas. Detailed maps are available for a fee from the following list of map distributors. More information as to areas, can be obtained by contacting the Thompson Rivers Forest District Office at (250) 371-6500 or Toll Free at Inquire BC: 1-800-663-7867 (ask for Thompson Rivers Forest District office).
The 2003 fire areas are
open to fire-woodcutting under this permit as well. Please respect forestry activities,
and don't cut fire-wood from piled logs.
Firewood Permit for the Thompson Rivers Forest District is available on the internet:
Please sign the following form and carry it with you when cutting fire-wood. This Free Use Permit for fire-wood cutting can also be obtained directly from the Thompson Rivers Forest Office.
To comply with section 5 of this Free Use Permit, you must read the following brochure: