NOTICES: There are currently NO areas authorized for felling dead trees.

                    The Shady Lane (JBER EDF Area 5) woodlot is OPEN.

                    The Bryant Army Airfield woodlot is OPEN.

For those trying to contact the JBER Forester, iSportsman administrators,  or other JBER contacts, please be advised that USAF computer servers have been known to restrict communications from certain email providers, including GCI. If you do not receive a timely response to your email inquiry, it is recommended that you follow up with a phone call. See "Contacts" tab of the JBER iSportsman page for specific contact phone numbers.

JBER Firewood Cutting Program

You cannot harvest wood products from JBER unless you have contacted the JBER Forestry Program Manager, Cayley Elsik at and received an approval validation. Please allow up to 2 business days to process authorizations.


The cost for personal use firewood on JBER is $35.00 per cord and $17.50 for up to one-half cord.

All recreators wishing to obtain a personal use woodcutting permit must first obtain an iSportsman recreation permit. Once that permit is obtained, the recreational permit holder can contact the JBER Forestry Program Manager at for initial authorization. Once notified (via email), a permit holder can go back to iSportsman to purchase their woodcutting permit(s).

No firewood collection is authorized without a valid permit.

Authorization to purchase a woodcutting permit is not authorization to harvest firewood.

Woodcutters are strongly encouraged to sign into iSportsman for recreation (ex. sight-seeing) and inspect available resources at authorized woodcutting areas prior to purchasing their woodcutting permit. Only authorized woodcutting areas will be available for harvesting firewood. Permitted woodcutters are responsible for ensuring desired forest product quantity and type are available prior to purchasing a permit.

No refunds for woodcutting permits will be issued.

Woodcutting or harvest of other wood or forest products on JBER is authorized for personal use only (673 ABWI-32-7001 Section 5.8) by the authorized and permitted woodcutter. Personal use products harvested on JBER may not be sold, bartered or traded. Personal use firewood permit holders cannot receive any compensation for wood products given or donated to others.

How to Obtain a Firewood Cutting Permit:

  • If you have not yet done so, register in the iSportsman system (can be done here) and purchase a recreation permit
  • To get authorization to purchase a firewood cutting permit contact Cayley Elsik by email at and provide your full name, iSportsman permit number, and email address. You will be contacted with more information and instructions. Requests can only be processed Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm. Please allow 2 business days.

 Rules and Regulations:


  • You must Sign-In/Sign-Out for woodcutting, just like any other recreational activity on base.  NOTE – When attempting to Sign-In, you will only be allowed to Sign-In to training areas that are currently open; if you don’t see your preferred training area, it is NOT available.  Upon Signing-Out from ISportsman, you must indicate how much firewood you collected that day. 
  • Woodcutting or harvest of other wood or forest products on JBER is authorized for personal use only (673 ABWI-32-7001 Section 5.8) by the authorized and permitted woodcutter. Personal use products harvested on JBER may not be sold, bartered or traded. Personal use firewood permit holders cannot receive any compensation for wood products given or donated to others.

  • Woodcutting may take place only in designated areas marked by woodcutting signs. Be aware that specific areas (as designated on the maps) only allow for the collection of downed trees while others allow you to take dead standing spruce trees and anything that is already downed. It is your responsibility to pay attention to the maps/instructions.
  • Woodcutting area access is subject to military training activities, which can, at times, significantly limit access to Richardson Training Areas. Unfilled permits will not be extended except in extreme situations when prolonged closures due to training impedes reasonable access to authorized woodcutting areas.
  • Each woodcutting permit will be valid for up to 30 days (or until the end of the calendar year, whichever comes first). The availability, including quantity and quality, of firewood authorized for harvest with a woodcutting permit is determined based on forest resource management objectives and is not guaranteed.
  • The person whose name appears on the permit must be present at the cutting site. Wood cutting permits are non-transferable. Additional persons assisting you with wood cutting must also be registered with a valid iSportsman Recreation Permit and be signed in on the iSportsman system.
  • (There are currently no areas authorized for felling trees) DO NOT fall any standing trees with nest boxes, signs, or other property attached to them. Also, be cognizant of snags (dead trees) that are being used by birds or mammals. Snags are commonly used by a variety of species for homes so check for bird or mammal use before salvaging.
  • (There are currently no areas authorized for felling trees) Do not fall, drag, or cut trees into the roadway, leave limbs or log sections lying in vehicle access routes, or otherwise block traffic at any time. Drag unwanted material and debris off the shoulder of the road.
  • Precautions must be taken to prevent spills of gasoline and oil. Litter must be removed from the site.
  • (There are currently no areas authorized for felling trees) DO NOT fall trees within 30 yards (90ft) of any power lines. 
  • (There are currently no areas authorized for felling trees) DO NOT leave any portion of a tree suspended or hanging. Be certain that all portions of trees felled are on the ground when you leave.
  • Stay only within 100 yards (300ft) of authorized roadside cutting areas.
  • No vehicles, to include off-road vehicles, may be taken off of maintained roadways or past metal gates (open or closed).
  • DO NOT disturb anything that resembles unexploded ordnance. If you did not drop it, don’t pick it up. If you think you have found unexploded ordinance mark the location, take a photo, leave the area, and report your findings to the Range Control Fire Desk at 907-384-6230.

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions


Failure to follow these instructions may lead to loss of wood cutting privileges on JBER.

Spruce Bark Beetles Are Active on JBER!

Some spruce trees at wood lots may have spruce bark beetles. BE CAREFUL and help prevent the spread of beetles to your home or campgrounds. Help prevent spread of spruce bark beetles please take the following actions:



Learn more about Spruce Bark Beetles!

SBB is in the JBER News!!

Firewood Collection Area Maps  Available Resources

Firewood Collection Map Overview

The following maps provide a more detailed view of each of the wood cutting areas:

Grady Highway Woodlot

Denaina Lower Woodlot

**Note: STACKED logs/firewood may be harvested from Training Areas 401-413, 417-419, 423-429 when OPEN, without further specification, unless the area is posted otherwise. You MUST be signed into the area the material was harvested in, and you MUST report the location, quantity, and type of wood harvested.

Elmendorf Wood Cutting Areas - Accessible only to Military ID/CAC Card Holders/Sponsored Permittees:

Woodcutting Area Sign in to: Quantity (cords)* Species
Grady Highway Richardson Cantonment <1 Spruce
Denaina Lower Elmendorf 002 75 Mixed/older
Richardson Drive Elmendorf Cantonment None currently available Spruce
*As of 02 May 2022

What is a Cord?

The official measurement of firewood is a “cord.” A full cord measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long (4’ X 4’ X 8’) and has a volume of 128 cubic feet.

To help you make an accurate estimate, here is how some common units of firewood measurement compare to a full cord.

One full-size pick-up truck load (standard sidewalls on an 8 foot box) equals one-half cord, whether the wood is stacked carefully so it is about level with the truck box sides, or is thrown into the truck box with the top of the pile about as high as the cab. Two full-size pick-up truck loads is the approximate equivalent of one FULL cord. Rail extensions may allow for a full cord to fit into one truck load.


Christmas Tree Cutting      Forestry Program

Additional woodlots located in the Municipality of Anchorage. Find out more on the Municipality's webpage :

JBER Forestry Program Contact: Cayley Elsik