Michigan residents can obtain fuelwood permits to cut dead and downed trees on designated state forest lands beginning April 1st. Fuelwood permits cost $20 and are good for 90 days after they are issued. Fuelwood is for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded.
“This program allows people to cut up to five standard cords of firewood for personal use,” said Donovan Asselin, timber sales specialist for the DNR.
Quality and quantity of wood varies by location, the DNR manages 4 million acres of state forest in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.
Wood must be dead and down within 200 feet of a road so the DNR recommends scouting to make sure wood is available before purchasing a permit as well as contacting a local DNR office to determine what areas are available for wood collection this year.