Oneida County Firewood Permit System
The Oneida County Forestry Department allows individuals to collect firewood for personal home use in designated areas of the County Forest. A permit to gather firewood is required and can be obtained from the Oneida County Forestry Office.
Cost of a permit is $20 for Oneida County residents and $30 for others.
Please note the 2016 start date is May 21, 2016 due to wet ground conditions.
Under this permit system the permittee is allowed to gather up to a maximum of 10 cords (a cord is a stack of wood 4 feet high, 4 feet wide, and 8 feet long).
The County designates areas where permits will be issued. These areas are often closed out timber sales where hardwood limbs and non-merchantable wood is left by the loggers. Only wood that is lying on the ground may be gathered. No standing trees may be cut.
Vehicle access is limited to open logging trails (trails that are not blocked by gates, berms, or rocks). Vehicles (including ATVs, tractors, and the like) are not permitted off the logging roads.
Hand carrying or the use of wheelbarrows or hand carts is allowable for transporting firewood to the open logging roads.
Permits expire March 15, 2017.
Some areas may not be opened on May 21 due to wet conditions (i.e. areas accessed via snowmobile trails) in order to protect roads / trails from rutting.
Due to changing weather conditions, access to the areas is not guaranteed. Wind blown trees and wet ground may make areas difficult to access at times.
Oneida County is now under quarantine due to the discovery of an Emerald Ash Borer. This means firewood gathered in the Oneida county forest CANNOT leave Oneida County.
For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer,
visit the EAB website.