Michigan residents who heat their homes with wood will be able to obtain fuelwood permits soon to cut dead and downed trees on designated state forest lands. It begins on April 1st.

“This program allows people to cut up to five standard cords of firewood for personal use” - Donovan Asselin, timber sales specialist for the DNR

The DNR manages 4 million acres of state forest in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. Some wood also may be available in state game areas where forests are managed to create habitat.

Contact your local DNR offices to determine what areas are available this year for wood collection in your area. Quality and quantity of wood varies by location, so scout where you’d like to cut to make sure wood is available before purchasing a permit. Fuelwood is for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded. Wood must be dead and down within 200 feet of a road.

Permits cost $20 and are good for 90 days after they are issued. For more information about the DNR’s fuelwood permits, CLICK HERE  or contact Donovan Asselin at 517-284-5843