Personal Use Fuelwood Permit

Looking to collect fuelwood on state forest land? Michigan households can purchase fuelwood permits for $20 from their local forest management unit office. Permits are for up to five standard cords of wood. Wood must be dead and down within 200 feet of a road. Fuelwood cannot be resold or traded. Permits are issued beginning April 1, and are valid for up to 90 days after the purchase date; all expire Dec. 31.

Not all DNR offices sell fuelwood permits. If you are interested in collecting fuelwood in the Upper Peninsula, contact the local management unit prior to ordering a permit.

If you’re looking for a permit in the Lower Peninsula, fill out the application below and return it to the corresponding management unit office. 

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If you are interested in collecting fuelwood from other state land, you will need to contact the local administering office for that land (e.g., state game area, state recreation area).

You can also collect fuelwood on national forest land. Contact the Huron-Manistee National Forests, the Hiawatha National Forest or the Ottawa National Forest for permits and more information. 


Private Firewood Sales

Looking to purchase firewood from a private vendor? Visit to find additional vendors in Michigan. Members of the Michigan Association of Timbermen may also have firewood available for sale.


Buy It Where You Burn It! 

To help prevent the spread of invasive species, buy or collect firewood where you plan to burn it. For more information, visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website.


Additional information: 

*A standard cord is 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet high.

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.

A cord of wood.