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For Release: Friday, May 8, 2015

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Now Accepting Bids for Firewood in Chenango and Madison Counties

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting bids from homeowners to cut firewood on state forests in Chenango and Madison counties, Regional Director Ken Lynch announced today. Due to the increased demand for firewood, sales will only be 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.

All firewood for sale is from standing trees located off-road in the woods 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.

Firewood will be available in volumes between three and ten standard cords with a minimum bid of $20 per cord. A standard cord is a pile of wood measuring 4'x4'x8' when cut and stacked.

Bid applications are available for firewood in state forests in the following towns: Afton, Brookfield, Coventry, DeRuyter, Georgetown, German, McDonough, New Berlin, Otselic, Pharsalia and Plymouth.

Information about firewood sales including bid sheets, volumes and terms is available on DEC's website or from DEC's Sherburne office (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 607- 674-4017. Bids are due in the Sherburne office on May 22, 2015, by 2 p.m. Maps depicting the location of each lot are also available online. Individuals may bid on multiple firewood lots but will only be awarded a single lot as determined by DEC.

Firewood lots will be awarded to the highest bidder. After a homeowner is notified they are the highest bidder, they need to execute a contract with the state and make the payment by June 5, 2015 or the lot is offered to the next highest bidder. Cutting and removal of firewood may begin as soon as a contract is executed, typically the end of May, and must be completed by September 14, 2015.

Firewood is a local renewable energy source for home heating that provides an alternative to fossil fuels. Participation in the program helps improve forest growing conditions and reduces consumption of non-renewable energy supplies such as oil and natural gas.

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 is not 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" form and carry it with them when transporting the wood. More information on firewood movement restrictions can be found on the DEC's website or by calling 1-866-640-0652 or e-mailing.

Any person operating a chainsaw for any purpose while cutting firewood is required to wear Personal Protective Equipment including at least the following: hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection and cut-resistant chaps or pants. Chainsaws must be equipped with properly functioning safety devices including a chain brake. One should not apply if you do not have access to this equipment. Other firewood sales rules are available when one applies for a bid sheet as well as on DEC's website.

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