Pay your wood-cutting stumpage fee or get a refund

You must pay a fee to harvest firewood or timber from public land. This fee is known as stumpage.

We calculate and set stumpage fees when we issue you a cutting permit. There's a per-cubic-metre cost for the timber you harvested.

How your stumpage is calculated

We calculate the stumpage rate based on the sum of fees for:

  • timber;
  • reforestation;
  • development; and
  • road-use.

Timber fee

The current fee is $1 per cubic metre of green or dead timber.

Reforestation fee

  • Timber resource licence: $5 per cubic metre
  • Fuelwood licence: no charge
  • Forest resources permit: no charge

Development fee

The development fee is $0.75 per cubic metre. It includes costs for:

  • planning;
  • surveying;
  • layout; and
  • engineering.

Road-use fee

We calculate the road-use fee by adding up the costs of:

  • the approved construction;
  • expected maintenance; and
  • expected decommissioning.

We divide this total by the volume of timber accessible by the forest resources road.

We'll provide you with a cost per cubic metre of timber you harvest.

How to pay

You can pay by cash, cheque, debit card or credit card.

Where to pay your stumpage fees

Ask for a refund

You can request a refund of:

  • a security deposit when your harvesting is complete; and
  • stumpage fee(s) if you do not cut the volume of timber you paid for.
  1. Download and complete the refund request form.
  2. Submit the completed form.
  3. In person: visit your local Compliance Monitoring and Inspections office.
    Government of Yukon
    Forest Management Branch (K-918)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

For more information, contact the Forest Management Branch. Email or phone 867-456-3999 or toll-free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408 and ask to be transferred.