DEEP accepting applications for firewood lottery

DEEP announces applications now available for annual firewood lottery.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is accepting applications for the annual state forest firewood lottery. Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2015 with the results of the lottery posted on the DEEP Forestry website by March 18, 2015.

Standing trees and downed wood residual from storms and timber harvests will be sold to randomly chosen lottery winners via a permit in designated two-cord lots for $60. These permits will be issued late spring through Oct. 2015 by DEEP Foresters as gravel forest road conditions allow.

Applications may be downloaded and more information may be found at the DEEP Forestry‘s Web site: DEEP: State Lands Firewood Program or by calling 860-424-3630.

Firewood Program in State Forests

The annual firewood lottery offers Connecticut homeowners an opportunity to enjoy the state forests in a unique way by providing a renewable, affordable, and locally grown heating fuel source. Firewood harvesting from state forests also helps achieve sustainable forestry and wildlife habitat management goals as well as offering a fun physical activity for families.

The removal of any firewood from a state forest requires a permit. In addition, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn while cutting wood. The minimum requirements of PPE include a 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.

DEEP reminds residents not to move firewood long distances as this poses a risk of spreading harmful wood boring insects that can kill live trees. Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties are currently quarantined due to the presence of Emerald Ash Borer. This quarantine prohibits the transport of firewood from these counties to eastern Connecticut unless treated and permitted by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

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