FIREWOOD CUTTING / FOREST PRODUCTS

The firewood program at Fort Drum is a self-service program designed to help local townspeople acquire low-cost firewood. It consists of gathering and removing firewood from predetermined areas assigned by Fort Drum's Forest Management Program.

All wood that is available for firewood is dead and down.

These firewood areas are generally found within the training areas, but there are some small acreage allotments within the boundaries of the Cantonment Area. To gain access to the firewood areas, a permit must be purchased at the Natural Resources Office (Bldg. T-4848) prior to the removal of firewood. The cost of the permit depends on the amount of wood harvested from the area. The current rate is $10.00 per full cord.

Nearly all of the firewood areas are easily accessible from towns surrounding the installation. However, there may be military training scheduled that will prevent access for activities in that area. The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMSEC) Range Branch coordinates all military and civilian operations in the training areas. DPTMSEC Range Control specifically has a schedule of events and manages those events so that military training and other activities can occur simultaneously, if possible. For this reason, the permit holder must check-in and check-out with Range Control daily at (315) 772-7152 or at Bldg. P-4855. If you have questions, contact the Forest Management Program at (315) 772-3170.

Prior to cutting wood, a permit must be purchased at the Natural Resources Office (Bldg. T-4848) during normal business hours. The permit holder must check-in and check-out with Range Control daily at (315) 772-7152.

The cost of the permit depends on the amount of wood harvested from the area. The current rate is $10.00 per full cord.

Please have the following materials ready to purchase a permit.

   1. Names of any and all persons engaging in cutting firewood, as well as those accompanying wood cutters.
   2. Full address and phone number of permit holder.
   3. The license plate number, year, make, model and color of the haul vehicle being used. Only 1 haul vehicle may be used per permit.

Only cash will be accepted.

The effective date begins on the day the permit is issued, and lasts for one week. There are no exceptions. If you fail to fill your permit there will be no refunds.

Any place that has dead and down wood can be harvested. Firewood permits can be issued for the Cantonment Area. You are not required to check-in at Range Control when cutting firewood in the Cantonment Area. Maps of some designated areas are available at the Natural Resources Office (Bldg. T-4848). If you have questions, contact the Forest Management Program at (315) 772-3170.

Firewood cutting is not considered a recreational activity. No person shall possess a firearm, bow or other hunting implement while engaged in wood cutting practices.

Calling the Sportsman Hotline does not sign you out for access to the training area for firewood cutting. You must call and personally check-in and check-out with Range Control daily at (315) 772-7152.

Your firewood permit is your range pass. Your permit must be in plain view on the dashboard of the haul vehicle when firewood is being cut.