Fact: The Huron-Manistee National Forests are the only National Forests in Lower Michigan.
The Huron-Manistee National Forests comprise almost a million acres of public lands extending across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. The Huron-Manistee National Forests provide recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife, and resources for local industry.
The forests of northern Michigan are rich in history. In the late 1800s logging was at its peak and these forests were quickly cut and cleared. In 1909, the Huron National Forest was established and the Manistee National Forest was formed in 1938. In 1945, these two National Forests were administratively combined. Working hand in hand with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other partners, the Forest Service has changed the lands into healthy forests again. We've made great progress in recovering these lands but a great deal of work remains, much of which is being done through partnerships.
Firewood Permits, also known as "dead and down permits", for cutting firewood on Federal Forest System lands will be available starting April 1st for the 2014 year.
2013 permits expire March 31, 2014. 2013 Permits are any permit issued between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
If you are not sure that where you want to cut is on Federal Forest System lands or if you need a permit from the State of Michigan - check out the firewood cutting maps now available on-line to see if where you want to cut is on Federal land and/or open to cutting. You will still need to obtain your firewood permit in person from one of our offices before you can cut firewood on Federal land.