DNR Q & A: Harvesting firewood from state forests

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q.  Can I harvest firewood from state forests to heat my home?

A. Yes. You can purchase a fuelwood permit to harvest firewood from a state forest from your local DNR Forestry office. Firewood harvesting is generally limited to cutting only dead wood that is already lying on the ground in designated areas of the forest. Fuelwood permits can be issued for up to 12 cords per year per household, and are intended for personal use only.

Availability and cost of fuelwood permits varies some depending on local markets and demand, and so it’s a good idea to check with your Forestry office ahead of time to see what opportunities there are. Office locations can be found on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/forestry/index.html.

— Jeff Busse, DNR timber sales program coordinator


For more information, call the DNR information line at 296-6157 or go to the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

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