Lottery for roadside firewood begins; lot costs $30 and yields approximately three cords

WATERBURY - The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation opened the lottery for personal roadside firewood lots on Jan. 3. The two-week registration for 135 "cut-your-own" lots ends Jan. 14. Each roadside lot costs $30 and yields about three cords of wood for the 2011-12 home heating season.

"Demand for roadside firewood always exceeds supply," said Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sarah Clark. "Roadside lots must consist of trees that can be cut close to drivable roads. Harvesting your firewood is a good way for families to fulfill some of their home energy needs and enjoy physical activity on their state lands."

This year, roadside lots are available in southern Vermont in the towns of Cavendish, Reading and Shrewsbury.

People may register online at www.vtfpr.org or by calling (802) 241-3678. 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 chain saw 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. For more general information and chain saw safety tips, visit www.vtfpr.org.

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