Firewood cutting permits benefit
individuals, McCoy environment
|People who cut firewood at Fort McCoy get relatively
inexpensive material while helping the installation improve safety in
its training areas and also improve plant diversity and growth.
Jim Kerkman, Fort McCoy forester, said the areas people may cut firewood
at Fort McCoy are determined through consultation between the Integrated
Training Area Management program and the installation’s forestry
Training areas with dead trees that could create unsafe conditions and
could cause an impact to training are identified for firewood cutting,
Permits are available to the public and are sold at the Permit Sales
Office, building 2168, from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays.
A daily permit costs $10 and allows permit holders to cut and haul as
many loads of firewood during daylight hours as they can.
A monthly permit costs $50 and is valid for a calendar month, for
example, November, December, January, etc. This permit allows people to
cut and haul firewood every day for that month.
Any vehicle/trailer smaller than a semi-trailer can be used, Kerkman
People cutting firewood at Fort McCoy also reduce their travel and
hauling costs to and from their residences if they live in the
surrounding communities, Kerkman said. Because Fort McCoy is in a
quarantined zone for gypsy moths, any firewood cut at Fort McCoy can’t
be taken to counties not in the quarantined zone, such as La Crosse,
Jackson and Vernon counties.
The firewood can be taken to counties east of Fort McCoy, which also are
in the quarantined area, he said.
The state of Wisconsin also has rules about the movement of firewood to
prevent the spreading of diseases and insects, such as oak wilt and
emerald ash borer.
“Removing this wood makes it safer for Soldiers using the area by
reducing the chances trees can fall on Soldiers or equipment or having
dead trees create vehicle barriers and tripping hazards, and helps
promote training,” Kerkman said.
People who cut firewood at Fort McCoy must follow the same regulations
that hunters and anglers follow, Kerkman said.
This includes checking the GAME line (608-388-4263) to ensure training
isn’t going on in the area. If an area has active training, it is closed
to other uses, he added.
For more information about the program, call the Permit Sales Office at