Forestry and Outdoor Recreation
Burning Permits & Restrictions
Burning permits and restrictions for Oneida County are regulated through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Please click here for more information.
Firewood – Permits available June 1st – March 15th
The Oneida County Forestry Department allows individuals to collect firewood for personal home use in designated areas of the County Forest. A permit to gather firewood is required and can be obtained from the Oneida County Forestry Office.
- Firewood Permit Form (Available June 1st)
Cost of a permit is $20 for Oneida County residents and $30 for non-residents.
Under this permit system the permittee is allowed to gather up to a maximum of 10 cords (a cord is a stack of wood 4 feet high, 4 feet wide, and 8 feet long).
The County designates areas where permits will be issued. These areas are often closed out timber sales where hardwood limbs and non-merchantable wood is left by the loggers. Only wood that is lying on the ground may be gathered. No standing trees may be cut. No standing trees may be cut.
Vehicle access is limited to open logging trails (trails that are not blocked by gates, berms, or rocks). Vehicles (including ATVs, tractors, and the like) are not permitted off the logging roads.
Hand carrying or the use of wheelbarrows or hand carts is allowable for transporting firewood to the open logging roads.
Permits run from June 1st through March 15th.
Due to changing weather conditions, access to the areas is not guaranteed. Wind blown trees and wet ground may make areas difficult to access at times.
The entire state of Wisconsin is under quarantine for the Emerald Ash Borer. For more information, visit the EAB website.
Town of Enterprise
- Exit Hill 1696 (2019)
- Enterprise Blowdown (2021)
- Gillette Lake Hardwood 1676 (2021)
- County Mill Sale 1695 (2022)
- Campground Hardwood 1675 (2022)
- Zim Pit Hardwood 1780 (2022)
- Shingle Mill First 1772 (2022)
- Good Cinder 1686 (2022)
- ZimmA Sale 1778 (2023)
Town of Little Rice
Town of Lynne
- 8 Chain Hardwood 1683 (2020)
- McHardwood Aspen 1702 (2021)
- Somo Work Aspen 1749 (2021)
- 5 Point Aspen 1753 (2022)
- Powerfly Hardwood 1721 (2022)
- Lamer’s Aspen 1757 (2022)
- Collins Hardwood 1765 (2022)
- Rabid Rabbit 1762 (2023)
- Black Cat 1715 (2023)
- Angle Road Aspen 1787 (2023)
Town of Nokomis/Woodboro
- Nose Job 1735 (2022)
- 4 Patch Aspen 1723 (2020)
- Canadian National Aspen 1789 (2022)
- Twin Hearts Aspen 1767 (2022)
- Wash Trout Virus 1759 (2023)
Balsam Boughs – Permits available October 1st
Boughs can only be collected from October 1st – December 31st. Additional rules are as follows:
- No boughs shall be cut within 25 feet of public roads, rivers, lakes.
- No cutting on the top 1/3 of the tree.
- No cutting of boughs on trees less than eight feet tall.
- All branches are to be cut up tight to the tree and unused portions scattered.
- No axes are to be used in cutting boughs.
- Only balsam fir boughs may be collected. No other trees will be cut or damaged.
- Permit is valid for gathering balsam boughs on Oneida County Forestry Lands, except County Parks, Picnic Areas, Boat Landings and Timber Sale areas. No cutting shall be permitted during the gun deer season.
- The permittee agrees to comply with the state timber theft, slash, fire, and litter laws No gathering may be conducted during emergency forest fire bans.
- Balsam Bough Permit Form (Permits are available October 1st)
Christmas Trees – Permits available November 1st
The Oneida County Forestry Department allows individuals to harvest up to two Christmas trees for personal home use in designated areas of the County Forest. A permit to harvest Christmas trees is required and can be obtained from the Oneida County Forestry Office.
- Christmas Tree Permit Form (Permits are available November 1st)
Cost of a permit is $5.00 per tree, limit of two trees per permittee and one permit per household. Please refer to the Christmas Tree Permit for additional regulations regarding Christmas tree harvesting.