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Fuelwood permits delayed

MARQUETTE – Anyone interested in cutting and collecting dead or downed trees on state lands for fuelwood will need to wait until May 1.

Because many residents normally turn in their fuelwood applications at Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest management unit offices — which now are closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions — the DNR has delayed the fuelwood season start date for a month.

Fuelwood permits are valid for designated state forest lands in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. Up to five standard cords of wood can be collected per household. Wood is for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded.

Apply for fuelwood permits by mail, using the application form available at Michigan.gov/Fuelwood. Print, complete and return it, along with the $20 fee to the local DNR office that manages the area of forest where you want to cut wood. Management unit maps are available online.

Local DNR customer service center staff is available by phone. For additional questions, contact Doug Heym at 517-284-5867.

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