Want to cut firewood for personal use in a Michigan state forest? Firewood permits will be available from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources beginning Friday, April 1, with a new online purchase option.
Permits will cost $20 this year after a two-year fee suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how to get one:
“We encourage the online option to save everyone time and effort,” said Jeff Stampfly, chief of MNR’s Forest Resources Division. “It’s a new service for these licenses, but a lot of people will be familiar with it if they’ve purchased hunting and fishing licenses in the past.”
Firewood permits are for use on designated Crown forest lands in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. They collect up to five cords of standard wood per household. A standard cord is a stack measuring 4 feet wide, 4 feet high, and 8 feet long. The wood is reserved for personal use and cannot be resold or exchanged. Timber must be dead and felled within 200 feet of a road. No use of off-road vehicles is permitted to collect wood.
Permits are valid for 90 days after issuance; all permits expire on December 31, regardless of the date of issue. You must have the permit with you when collecting wood and be sure to complete the collection log before transporting your wood. Failure to do so could result in a citation. Permits are limited to one per household per year. No extension or refund is allowed.
Find a list of frequently asked questions and more information about the program at Michigan.gov/Fuelwood.
Please plan to cut firewood near you. Transporting firewood across the state can inadvertently spread invasive pests or diseases.