Roadside Fuelwood Program
Applications the Roadside Firewood Lottery are accepted starting at 12:01 AM on January 2nd and ending midnight (11:59 pm + 1 minute) January 16th. Drawing for the lots happens at the end of February. Lot winners are typically notified in the first part of March. Those whose names were not drawn will not be notified.
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has made personal use firewood lots available to Vermont residents since the 1970's. The program's popularity has grown to the point where the demand for lots exceeds the available supply, so in 2009 the Department instituted a lottery system to distribute permits.
FPR‘s foresters mark the trees to be harvested in 3-cord lots. These lots are generally located adjacent to woods roads which are accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles. The standing wood on these lots is sold to Vermont residents who are successful in the lottery. Permittees must cut and haul their own wood and mechanical skidding is not allowed. Firewood lots must be left in a condition acceptable to the forester in charge. Trees may not be left hung up, stumps must be cut close to the ground, and brush must be dragged back away from the road and well out of streams, ditches and culverts.
Permits are valid for one season (generally from early July to early October depending on weather and road conditions) and cost $30 each ($10 per cord). Participants must sign a waiver of liability and permit fees are non-refundable.
All participants are strongly encouraged to learn chainsaw safety skills before using this equipment.
There is no application fee. Applications are limited to one per household and applicants may make a first and a second choice. Please return between January 2nd and 16th to enter the lottery.
For questions related to the lottery or for those without internet access, please call 802-828-1531.