The Barkley Community Forest Corporation (BCFC) endeavors to maximize the utilization of harvested trees and to provide opportunities for the public to cut firewood that has been left after logging operations have been completed. In co-operation with Ministry of Forests (MOF), the BCFC has implemented a firewood permit system where the BCFC provides firewood cutting area maps and the permits are issued by the MOF.
The permit can be obtained in person at the Port Alberni MFLNRO office at 4885 Cherry Creek Road or on the Firewood Permit Page at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/natural-resource-use/natural-resource-permits/firewood-permits
Scroll down and click on the 'West Coast' Region and then click on the South Island Permit (Online Form). You will need your vehicle licence plate number and email address to apply online. Print a copy of the permit and the map of where you plan to cut firewood.
It is important to only cut in the areas indicated on the maps and follow all the requirements detailed on the MOF Firewood Permits page.
Only dead or downed trees may be cut for firewood
There is no charge for this privilege, only a commitment to abide by a number of simple rules that are outlined in the permit. Each permittee must:
- Carry the permit and associated maps at all times - maps are available below
- Read and understand the conditions of the permit prior to signing, conditions differ between districts
- Produce the permit at the request of a Natural Resource Officer, Conservation Officer or 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 they are cutting on "vacant Crown land" and not private land or First Nations reserves.
Moving firewood can spread invasive species and diseases. B.C.'s forests are threatened by non-native insects that can damage trees. Moving firewood from one area to another increases the risk of spreading disease, funghi and pests. Plan to burn firewood in the area where you collect it or buy it. Learn more about stopping the spread of invasive species and diseases.
Any firewood cut under this permit is for personal use only and cannot be sold. For information on commercial firewood cutting permits, please contact your local Ministry office and inquire about the Small Scale Salvage program.
Firewood Cutting Maps are shown below and can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the image.