The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting bids from homeowners to cut firewood on state forests in Chenango and Madison counties. Due to the increased demand for firewood, sales will only be offered through a sealed bid auction and not by lottery. Unlike past years, there is no need to sign up in advance to participate in the bid process.
All firewood for sale is standing, live trees located off-road and will require a chainsaw, tractor and cart or a four-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.
Bid applications are available for firewood in state forests in the following towns: Afton, Brookfield, Coventry, DeRuyter, Georgetown, German, Guilford, Lebanon, McDonough, Nelson, New Berlin, North Norwich, Otselic, Oxford, Pharsalia, Pitcher, Plymouth, Smithville and Smyrna.
Bid sheets are available on DEC’s website dec.ny.gov/lands/82005.html or from DEC’s Sherburne office (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday) and will be accepted until 2 p.m. Friday, May 17.
Maps depicting the location of each lot also available online at dec.ny.gov/lands/82005.html. Minimum bids for each lot are listed on the bid sheet.
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. Cutting and removal of firewood may begin as soon as a contract is executed, typically the end of May. After a homeowner is notified that they are the high bidder, they need to execute the contract and make payment by June 3 or the lot is offered to the next highest bidder. All firewood must be cut and removed by Sept. 16, 2013.