Personal Use Fuelwood Permit - Michigan.gov/fuelwood
The Forest Resources Division administers the issuance of fuelwood permits for the state forests in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. The permits are issued by the Management Unit Offices. People interested in collecting fuelwood in the Upper Peninsula should contact the Management Unit in the area prior to ordering a permit.
- Permits are for state forest land in the northern two-thirds of the state
- Cost is $20
- Permits are for up to five standard cords*
- Fuelwood is for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded
- Wood must be dead AND down and within 200 feet of a road
- One permit per household annually
- Permits are good for 90 days from purchase
- Permit period is from April 1 - Dec. 31
State Forest Land:
- Frequently Asked Questions on Fuelwood Permits
- Forest Resources Division Office Locations
- Management Unit Map
- PR 4166 - Sample Fuelwood Permit
- PR 4166-1 - Fuelwood Permit Application
- IC 4166-C - Oak Wilt information
Other State Land:
If you are interested in fuelwood from state land OTHER THAN state forest land, you need to contact the local administering office for that land (e.g., state game area, state recreation area). The state management of forest land south of the Muskegon-Bay City line is limited. Thus the opportunities to obtain a permit for firewood in that area are limited. Most of the state forest land in southern Michigan is managed for recreation and wildlife purposes and firewood permits are rarely issued.
To inquire about availability of fuelwood permits at parks and state game areas, contact:
Federal Forest Land:
For information on the program administered by the U.S. Forest Service on National forest land, contact:
Private Firewood Sales
Looking to purchase firewood from a private vendor? Here are a couple of places to look for someone in your area:
- Members of the Michigan Association of Timbermen (MAT) sell firewood all over the state. To find a member who may provide firewood, visit www.timbermen.org or call 906-293-3236 for more information. Follow this link for a list of MAT members who have firewood available to sell.
- Visit firewoodscout.org to find additional vendors in Michigan.
Buy It Where You Burn It!
To make sure invasive insects are not spread on firewood, use firewood from local sources. In other words, buy it where you plan to burn it. For more information, visit Washington State's Buy it Where you Burn it website, or for information specific to the emerald ash borer and moving firewood in Michigan visit the emerald ash borer website.
Firewood, in non-packaged form, is sold by a measurement called a "cord" or "fraction of a cord." A "cord" is defined as 128 cubic feet when the wood is neatly stacked in a line or row. A standard or full "cord" would be 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. You may also hear or see the terms 'ric' or 'face cord' or some other local measurement. These terms have no standard measurements, so be careful when purchasing wood from a buyer that uses these terms. Make sure that you know the dimensions of the pile of wood that is being sold. A 'ric' or 'face cord' is often a stack of wood that is 8' long, 4' high, and 16" - 24" wide, depending.