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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: September 19, 2008
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402


PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is accepting bids from individuals for the right to harvest 130 cords of wood through the Department's Home Fuel Wood program conducted by the Division of Forest Environment. DEM is reinitiating the popular program, which benefits the participants and the environment, in response to spiraling costs of energy and heating fuel. The selective woodcutting helps to improve wildlife habitat by removing undesirable trees along roads and trails, while providing firewood for residents.

A total of 40 lots are available for cutting, including 20 lots in the George Washington Management Area in Burrillville and Glocester, and 20 lots in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. In each lot, trees with two to six cords of fuel wood will be marked for cutting, utilizing selective harvesting practices.

The right to cut the trees will be sold on a competitive bid basis, with a minimum bid of $10 per cord. A $1 filing fee will cover all bids by any individual, and should be included in a sealed envelope along with the bids. Only one winning bid will be awarded per household.

Information and bid forms can be obtained weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. now through Friday, October 3, at the Forestry Division's George Washington Headquarters at 2185 Putnam Pike in Glocester, the Arcadia Management Area Headquarters at 260 Arcadia Road in Hope Valley, or the Chopmist Office at 1037 Hartford Pike in North Scituate.

Bids relating to the Arcadia Management Area will be opened on Saturday, October 4, at 10 a.m. at the Arcadia Headquarters. Bids for the George Washington Area will be opened on Sunday, October 5 at noon at the George Washington Headquarters. Bidders must be present at the bid opening.

Successful bidders will have until October 13 to pay for the wood and may begin cutting after full payment has been received. Cutting must be completed and all wood removed from the lots by November 24. Payment must be made by certified check made payable to RI Forestry Fund.

*Field contacts:
Bruce Payton, George Washington Management Area — 568-2013 or 647-4389
Jay Aron, Arcadia Headquarters — 539-2356 or 539-1052


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