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

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” form and carry it with them when transporting the wood.

For more information on firewood movement restrictions visit DEC’s website dec.ny.gov/animals/44008.html, call 1-866-640-0652 or email firewood@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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 dec.ny.gov/lands/82005.html.

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