Firewood Sales on State Forests in Region 7/Central New York
Periodically the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation accepts bids from homeowners to cut firewood on state forests in Central New York. The specific forests and areas within the forests that participate in this program vary from year-to-year. Due to the increased demand for firewood, sales are only offered through a sealed bid auction and not by lottery. There is no need to sign up in advance to participate in the bid process. Announcements, bid sheets and related information will be linked from this page when the program is active and accepting bid applications. If the firewood auction is active in any given year, it will occur in the spring, with cutting of wood being done by successful bidders over the summer.
In May or June of 2015, the Lands and Forests office in Sherburne will announce the location of firewood open for bidding in Madison and Chenango Counties. Maps, instructions and bid documents will be posted to this website at that time. There will NOT be any firewood sales in Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins, Oswego, Cayuga, Broome or Onondaga counties this year.
All firewood for sale is standing, live trees located off-road and will require a chainsaw, tractor and cart or a 4-wheel drive truck for cutting, access and hauling. The trees available for cutting are marked by DEC foresters. This is done to ensure that the only wood removed is done for conservation and habitat reasons. Removal of marked trees improves forest health and the growing stock of understory trees and vegetation. Persons may bid on as many firewood lots as they wish; however, any person or group who is the high bidder on multiple lots will only be awarded one lot for firewood cutting purposes.
In an effort to prevent the spread of invasive insect species, such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long-horned Beetle, state regulations prohibit moving firewood that has not been heat treated more than 50 miles. Persons completing bid sheets under this program may transport cut trees no more than 50 miles from where the wood is felled. They also must complete a "Self-Issued Certificate for Transport" (PDF) (125 KB) form and carry it with them when transporting the wood. For more information on firewood movement restrictions visit the DEC website or call 1-866-640-0652 or e-mail us.