LANSING—In response to residents’ heating energy needs during Michigan’s exceptional winter, the DNR announced that it is now selling fuelwood permits – a month and a half before the traditional starting date of April 1.
Fuelwood permits cost $20, are for use on designated state forest land in the northern two-thirds of the state and allow for collection of up to five standard cords of wood per household. Fuelwood collected with the permit can be used for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded. The permits are good for 90 days.
Because of the unique winter, one additional fuelwood permit may be purchased this calendar year, in addition to this emergency permit.
A person may qualify for reimbursement if enrolled in the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) run by the Michigan Department of Human Services.
Areas likely open for fuelwood collection are recent commercial timber harvesting operations on state forest land. Tops, branches and trees on the ground can be collected. Check with your local DNR office for other available options for fuelwood collection.
Fuelwood permits can be obtained at DNR field offices and operations service centers. These offices will also have information on loggers who are working on DNR timber sales on state land who might have wood available for sale or collection.
In addition to DNR fuelwood permits, the U.S. Forest Service offers permits for gathering dead and down firewood; these cost $20 and are issued at district offices. These federal permits are available for the Ottawa, Hiawatha and Huron-Manistee national forests in Michigan. Firewood cutting permits do not authorize the cutting of live trees.
For more information about the DNR’s fuelwood permits, visit www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.