Harvesting Wood

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The government owns most of Alaska land: 88% or 327 million acres is either state or federal. Of that total the federal government controls 60%, while the state holds 105 million acres or 28%. That leaves 12% owned by regional and village Native corporations and non-native private ownership. Native corporations own 44 million acres, leaving 9 million acres for non-natives, which is less than 1%1. These statistics mean you will most likely need a permit to cut firewood. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS) offer free use permits.

DNR Firewood Permits allow an individual to take between three and 10 cords of wood per year from designated state land. Contact your local Division of Forestry office for more information.

BLM has Free Use Permits for firewood, fencing, building or other domestic purposes. Contact your local Bureau of Land Management office for more information.

The USFS has Personal Use permits for firewood cutting only of dead, insect-infested or diseased timber, logging debris and thinning material. Contact your local Tongass National Forest or Chugach National Forest office for more information.

There are 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations, 12 of which own private land. Each corporation manages land as it sees fit. Some corporations allow firewood cutting by anyone who pays a fee and obtains a permit, while others only allow access to share-holders.

1. "Land Ownership in Alaska." Division Fact Sheets. 01Mar2000. AK Dept. Natural Resources. 18 Jul 2006 ~ http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/factsht/land_own.pdf.

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