Wood Cutting in PA

Wawa Coffee Posted By Wawa Coffee, Jul 16, 2017 at 10:47 PM

  1. Wawa Coffee

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    I'm wondering if any of the PA guys on this site know the regulations regarding cutting firewood on state land in PA. I've found a few sites from the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources that have certain parks cutting rules and regs, but nothing that takes me to all of the available places that you can cut.

    Years ago there was a thread on this forum dedicated to PA firewood permits, but that thread didn't have this info either.

    Any PA guys know the rules about when and where you can cut?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TreePointer

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    In PA you ALWAYS cut where you have specific permission from the property owner. Period. And ALL PROPERTY is owned by someone, a corporation, private non-profit, municipality/government, et al. Property owners in PA pay taxes to the center line of the road that they border, so even the wood an easement/right-of-way for a road or utilities belongs (in general) to the property owner.

    Local, state, & national parks/forests have the same rules in the sense that you as an individual must get permission. I know of no areas that have "open season" for the general public to cut wood based solely on time & date. That is, you as an individual must get permission to cut.
     
  3. TreePointer

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    With all that being stated, I'd look around for wooded areas in suburbs and farms/rural areas for dead standing trees. EAB is devastating ash trees in PA and many property owners/farmers can't keep up. Dead standing ash trees have far surpassed dead standing elm trees in my area.

    EAB has made it all the way to the Delaware R. but it may not be in certain pockets of the state...yet.
     
  4. Wawa Coffee

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    I live near a state park that is maybe 75% ash, and I can't imagine what it's going to be like in another 10 years. I figure they'll have to drop those trees at some point or other.
     
  5. WoodyIsGoody

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    I think that's probably true in all 50 states.
     
  6. Prof

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    Couldn't agree more, but I have to say that I have to chase people off my land every year who think they are entitled to a downed tree. Also, people seem to not understand that they also cannot just dump brush, clippings, etc. along rural roads--I know it's the woods but someone owns it!
     
  7. lost in the woods

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    you need to go to your local DCNR district office. . . if you aren't sure which forest district you live in go to www.dcnr.pa.gov and find out. . . they will issue you a permit. 20 dollars per cord . permit good for 30 days.... need more info private message me
     
  8. TreePointer

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    Heh, I hear you.

    We've had quite the variety of people taking without asking over the years. Firewood, timber, fieldstone, fruit, corn, hunters, ATV riders, litter bugs. Just a couple months ago, we had someone dump a huge roll of stinky used wall-to-wall carpeting not far from the end of our driveway. Peeuuw! We've even had a local paving crew dump waste asphalt on the lawn in our delivery area.

    The sad thing is that there is no need to steal a lot of those items. If you ask politely, you're likely to get permission.
     
  9. sportbikerider78

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    Ahhhh yes..what is yours is mine and what is mine is mine.
     
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  10. Wawa Coffee

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    Yes - spent time on their website but it's not very easy to navigate. I'll shoot you a message - thanks!

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