JBER Firewood Cutting Program

You cannot harvest wood products from JBER unless you have contacted Colette Brandt and received an approval validation.


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 a firewood cutting permit you must first request authorization by contacting Colette Brandt by email at colette.brandt@us.af.mil 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 1-2 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 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.
  • You may be authorized (3) three permits per calendar year, each for (1) one cord, and they automatically expire after (30) thirty days.  (If you fulfill your permit prior to the 30 days, you may contact the Forester to activate a new permit at that time.)
  • 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 and signed in on the iSportsman system.
  • Only take standing dead spruce; but downed logs of any type may be taken.
  • If taking a standing dead tree, stump height must be 6 inches or less.
  • 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. 
  • Do not fall 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.
  • DO NOT fall trees within 30 yards (90ft) of any power lines. 
  • 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 907-382-6230.

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions


NOTE*

Failure to follow these instructions may lead to loss of wood cutting privileges 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:

REMOVE THE BARK

•PLAN TO USE AND BURN THE SPRUCE FIREWOOD IMMEDIATELY
DO NOT STACK WOOD NEAR LIVE SPRUCE TREES AT YOUR HOME OR CAMPGROUNDS
CUT AND SPLIT THE WOOD IMMEDIATELY
•TO HELP THE LOGS DRY FASTER STORE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT

 

Firewood Collection Area Maps  Available Resources

JBER Wood Cutting Areas (overview)

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

**TEMPORARY OPEN WOOD LOTS** - Areas listed below are temporarily open for wood cutting and will be closed once the wood is no longer available

Temporary Wood Lot - MPTR - TA 403 

Wood Lot I - TA 418

TA 409 Wood Lot  

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

Dena'ina Road - Temporary Wood Lot (Elmendorf) 


What is a Cord?
 


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