If you use wood for heat or firewood plays a role in your livelihood, The Department of Environmental Conservation has a deal for you.  But you're going to need a chainsaw, a way to transport it and make a bid.

The DEC is looking to thin crowded state forest land in Madison and Chenango counties in the form of standing, live trees.  They're located off road, thus the need for a tractor with cart or 4-wheel drive vehicle to remove it.  Rather than the usual lottery system, they'll use a bidding process. Bids have to be in increments of 3, 5 or 10 standard cords at a minimum price of $20 per cord.

Bids will be opened at 2 p.m. on May 17 so you have until then to submit one.  And you have to use specific forms for Madison County and Chenango County. You can get maps of the specific lots for each county and all the rules associated with the bidding process at the Dec Website.

SOURCE: Department of Environmental Conservation