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Prior to any firewood harvesting activity on state lands the NJFS prepares proposals for review by the NJDEP Natural & Historic Resources Group. This Group is comprised of representatives of various NJ Department of Environmental Protection units. Group members include:

  • NJ State Park Service
  • NJ Forest Fire Service
  • NJ Historic Preservation Office
  • NJ Natural Lands Management
  • NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Tree harvesting provides fuelwood, lumber, and a wide variety of other forest and paper products. This will improve wildlife habitats, protect the watersheds, increase aesthetic diversity and provide healthy future forests.


This program was established to improve forest health and to provide products to both the Division of Parks and Forestry and to local businesses as well as to provide fuel wood for homeowners and recreational opportunities for all.

stock photoThe Commercial Firewood Program is designed to accomplish desired forestry work and to exchange firewood for cutting rights on Division lands. A portion is returned to the Division of Parks and Forestry and sold to campers at a nominal fee, thus eliminating costs of firewood production for the Division. The woodcutter then utilizes the remaining trees according to the best economical return depending upon the current local markets.

Through the Homeowner Firewood Program, the Division of Parks and Forestry opens up state land to individuals interested in cutting firewood for personal use. New Jersey residents have the opportunity to cut firewood at any of four participating state parks and forests for $25 a cord while supplies last.

All wood available through the program is standing timber in designated areas of the forests. All cutting areas are reviewed by the DEP's Technical Forest Management Team. Homeowners are responsible for cutting and removing their own firewood.

The Homeowner's Firewood Program has been sponsored by the state since 1973.
Read more about the benefits of homeowner firewood.

Homeowners Firewood Application form *(PDF)

Homeowners Firewood Program information sheet *(PDF)

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

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Bass River State Forest
762 Stage Road
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
(609) 296-1114

Parvin State Park
701 Almond Road
Pittsgrove, NJ 08318
(856) 358-8616

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