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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994
Dana Loschiavo (609) 984-1423

State Parks and Forests Offer Firewood for Cutting

(04/124) Trenton -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering residents the opportunity to cut firewood at any of four participating state parks and forests for $15 a cord while supplies last. Through its Homeowner's Firewood Program, DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry opens up state land to individuals interested in cutting firewood for personal use.

"Taking advantage of this program provides people with another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and experience nature first hand," said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "Cutting wood for personal use is a beneficial way to cut energy costs while affording individuals a chance to visit state forests."

The public can cut up to a maximum of five cords of standing timber. Homeowners are responsible for cutting in designated areas and removing their own firewood.

Firewood at Belleplain and Wharton State Forests will not be available for cutting until October 30. Advance reservations are required and can be made for any two consecutive days.

The firewood program helps to reduce wildfire hazards by thinning the density of the forest. Cutting opens up the canopy of the forest for new growth reducing competition among existing trees for water and sunlight.

Commercial resale of the wood is not permitted.

The Homeowner's Firewood Program has been sponsored by the state since 1973.

If interested, call or visit one of the following areas for reservations:

Belleplain State Forest
P.O. Box #450, County Route 550
Woodbine, NJ 08270
(609) 861-2404

High Point State Park
1480 State Route 23
Sussex, NJ 07461-3605
(973) 875-4800

Stokes State Forest
1 Coursen Road
Branchville, NJ 07826
(973) 948-3820

Wharton State Forest
4110 Nesco Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037
(609) 561-0024 (Batsto)
(609) 268-0444 (Atsion)

For a free copy of the New Jersey State Park Service's Fall and Winter Calendar of Events, call 1-800-843-6420 or visit any state park, forest or historic site near you.

Text telephone users can call NJ Relay Services at 1-800-852-7899.
Information is also available on the Division of Parks and Forestry's Web site: www.njparksandforest.org

 

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