With winter quickly approaching, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents that state forest fuelwood permits are still available for the 2016 season, which runs through Dec. 31.
“If folks are looking for an economical way to heat their homes, cabins and hunting camps, collecting firewood near these locations is a great option,” said Debbie Begalle, assistant chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “While the weather is still rather favorable throughout much of the state, it’s an ideal time to get out and enjoy our natural resources while collecting wood.”
Permits cost $20 and are for use on designated state forest land in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. Permits 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.
Begalle suggests people contact their local DNR office to determine what areas are available this year for wood collection, and then follow up with a visit to the site before purchasing a permit.
“The quantity and quality of dead and down wood varies by location,” she said. “We would like people to visit the site first to make sure there is enough wood available to meet their needs.”
The DNR issues between 2,500 and 3,500 permits each year.
For further information on how and where to purchase a personal-use fuelwood permit, contact a local DNR office or visit www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.