a stack of spruce logs sits on the snow beside a chainsaw

On refuge lands, you are allowed to cut wood for personal use (not sale) as follows:

  • you may freely collect driftwood or dead standing wood.
  • You are also allowed to freely cut live trees with trunks less than 3 inches wide at chest height.
  • For live trees that are between 3 and 6 inches wide at chest height, you are allowed to cut up to 20 trees per year.
  • No permit is needed for any of the above wood gathering.  
  • If you want more or larger live trees, please contact the Selawik Refuge office to apply for a permit.