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December 10, 2013

Lottery for Roadside Firewood Lots Opens

Vermonters have two weeks to register for one of 48 lots

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will open the lottery for personal roadside firewood lots on state forest lands on January 2, 2014.

The two-week registration for “cut-your-own” lots ends January 16. Each roadside lot costs $30 and yields about three cords of wood for the 2014 home heating season.

“Demand for roadside firewood always exceeds supply, so be sure to get your name in,” cautions Commissioner Michael Snyder. “Roadside lots are trees that can be cut close to drivable forest roads. Harvesting your own firewood is a good way for families to fulfill some of their home energy needs and enjoy physical activity on their state lands, while also helping us meet important timber and habitat management objectives. ”

This year roadside lots are available in the towns of Duxbury, Orange, Johnson, Groton, Westmore and Sutton. Participants will need to indicate where they prefer to cut.

Register online at www.vtfpr.org or call 802-828-1531 for more information. The department will accept one signup per household. The department will notify winners of the roadside lots in early March.

All participants are strongly encouraged to learn chainsaw safety skills to use this equipment on firewood lots. Some lots may require four-wheel drive vehicles to access. Mechanized “skidding” of wood to the roadside is not allowed. Please read the general information and chainsaw safety tips posted at www.vtfpr.org.

Contact: Paul Frederick, 802-777-5247, paul.frederick@state.vt.us

Contact: Wendy Richardson, 802-828-1531, wendy.richardson@state.vt.us

Source: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Last Updated at: December 10, 2013 13:07:27
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