Roadside Firewood Program



Due to the limited availability of safe access and ready projects we are temporarily suspending the program for the 2018 season.


The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) has been making personal-use firewood lots available to Vermont residents since the 1970s.  The Firewood Lottery program's popularity has grown to the point where demand for lots now exceeds available supply, and thus, in 2009 FPR 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 and could be as far back as 200 feet which are four-wheel drive accessible. The standing wood on these lots is sold to Vermont residents who are successful in the lottery, who are then issued a permit issued.  Permittees must cut and haul their own wood. Draft horses and mechanical skidding are 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 into the woods away from the road and any streams, ditches, and culverts.

Permits are valid for one season only (generally from early July to early October, depending on the 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 their equipment.

There is no application fee to sign up for the lottery. Lottery applications are limited to one per household, and applicants are allowed a first and a second choice for the state forest in the lottery for the given year. 

For questions related to the lottery or for those without internet access, please call: (802) 828-1531