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Lottery for roadside firewood lots opens

Vermonters have two weeks to register for one of 81 lots

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will open the lottery for personal roadside firewood lots on state forest lands Jan. 2. The two-week registration for “cut-your-own” lots ends Jan. 18.

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will open the lottery for personal roadside firewood lots on state forest lands Jan. 2. The two-week registration for “cut-your-own” lots ends Jan. 18. Michael Williams photo

— The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will open the lottery for personal roadside firewood lots on state forest lands Jan. 2. The two-week registration for “cut-your-own” lots ends Jan. 18.

Each roadside lot costs $30 and yields about three cords of wood from trees marked by Department foresters for removal as part of timber and habitat improvement projects. The firewood would be suitable for the 2013 home heating season.

“Demand for our roadside firewood program always exceeds supply, so be sure to get your name in,” said FPR Commissioner, Michael Snyder. “Harvesting your own 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 the towns of Plymouth, Shrewsbury, North Duxbury, Orange, Roxbury, Johnson, Groton, and Westmore. Participants will need to indicate their location preferences.

Register online at www.vtfpr.org or call 802-241-3678 for more information. 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 chainsaw safety skills to use this equipment on firewood lots.

Although roadside lots are reasonably close to drivable forest roads, some lots may require four-wheel drive vehicles to access. Mechanized “skidding” of wood to the roadside is not allowed.

Please read the general information and chainsaw safety tips posted at http://www.vtfpr.org/energy/for_energy_roadside_fuelwood.cfm.

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