The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting bids from homeowners to cut firewood on state forests in Chenango and Madison counties.

All firewood for sale is standing live trees located off-road and marked by DEC foresters. This is done to ensure that the only wood removed is done for conservation and habitat reasons. Removal of marked trees improves forest health and the growing stock of trees and vegetation.

Firewood will be available in volumes of three, five and ten standard cords with a minimum bid of $20 per cord. A standard cord is a pile of wood measuring 4'x4'x8' when cut and stacked.

Bid applications are available for firewood in state forests in the following towns: Afton, Brookfield, Coventry, DeRuyter, Georgetown, German, Guilford, McDonough, Nelson, New Berlin, North Norwich, Otselic, Oxford, Pharsalia, Pitcher, and Plymouth.

Information about firewood sales is available on DEC's website or from DEC's Sherburne office (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 607- 674-4017. Bids are due in the Sherburne office on May 23, 2014, by 2 pm.