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2014 fuelwood permits available from the DNR

Contact: Doug Heym, 517-284-5867 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815
Agency: Natural Resources

March 31, 2014

With the 2014 fuelwood season beginning April 1, the Department of Natural Resources has streamlined its system to make it more convenient for residents to purchase personal-use fuelwood permits in person and by mail. The season runs through Dec. 31.

The mail-in order forms are available online at the DNR website www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.

"Folks are encouraged to save gas and time by ordering this year's fuelwood permit through the mail," said Bill O'Neill, chief of the DNR Forest Resources Division. "Many people rely on wood to heat their homes at a lower cost. We wanted to give people a couple of options for purchasing their permits to make the process easier and more convenient."

Permits cost $20 and 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.

In response to residents' heating energy needs during Michigan's long winter this year, the DNR began early sales of 2014 fuelwood permits - more than a month before the traditional starting date of April 1.

Because of the unique winter, the DNR is allowing those who purchased an emergency permit to purchase another regular permit this calendar year.

The DNR has issued fuelwood permits for decades and issues between 2,500 and 3,500 each year.

For further information on how and where to purchase a personal-use fuelwood permit, contact your local DNR office or visit www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.




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