The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces that applications for the annual state forest firewood lottery are now available.
Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1 2012. The Firewood Lottery will be determined using a random-number-generating process. “Winners” will be posted on the DEEP Forestry Website by March 14.
Firewood lots are generally offered during the warm months when forest roads are accessible.
Connecticut residents may apply for one Forest Products Harvesting Permit per household per year.
Firewood Program in State Forests
The annual firewood lottery provides Connecticut homeowners with a renewable, affordable, locally grown fuel source.
Firewood harvesting from State land helps achieve sustainable forest management goals, improve forest health, and offers fun physical activity for family and friends. (Henry David Thoreau is often credited with the saying that firewood warms you twice, once through the exercise of splitting and once in the fireplace.)
DEEP reminds all visitors that removal of any firewood from a state forest requires a permit.
Standing trees and downed wood will be sold to the lottery winners in designated two-cord lots for $60 by DEEP Foresters, as forest road conditions allow.
Most all permits will be issued before October 2012.
In addition, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn while cutting wood. The minimum requirements of PPE include: hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection, and cut-resistant chaps or pants.
Chainsaws have to be equipped with properly functioning safety devices, including a chain brake.
Cutters without PPE may have their Forest Product Agreement revoked and not be offered a woodlot the following year.
To submit an application
Applications may be downloaded and more information may be found at the State Lands Firewood Program Web site at http://ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&q=429464&depNav_GID=1631 or by calling 1-860-424-3630.
Applicants who do not receive a permit by lottery selection will be placed on an alternate list. Alternates may be offered permits at the discretion of DEEP Forestry based on supply.
Posted Jan. 12, 2012
Editor’s note: The cost for pre-cut firewood in Connecticut at this time appears to range from $160 to $225 a cord.
Related links: What is a cord of wood? http://www.snowservicesllc.net/
Listing of some CT businesses selling firewood http://www.firewoods.net/ne/CT.aspx
CT DEEP/Forestry listing of certified wood product sellers – look to right column for link to info about certification and the list (in PDF format). http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&q=322792&depNav_GID=1631
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