- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - People may help deal with trees on Detroit’s Belle Isle that were knocked down by a mid-September storm and stock up on firewood supplies at the same time, officials announced Monday.

Through Nov. 7, the Department of Natural Resources said wood from more than 20 downed maple trees is available for free on the island park in the Detroit River.

The state said the trees are stacked at one location and anyone interested in harvesting firewood may visit the DNR’s administrative office on the island to get a timber permit. With the permit, people may cut and remove the wood during certain hours.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals to help beautify the island by removing downed trees that, unfortunately, were lost during a storm, while at the same time gaining good, quality firewood at no cost,” Karis Floyd, DNR manager of Belle Isle Park and Milliken State Park and Harbor, said in a statement.

The DNR said the wood, stacked in larger pieces, is located in a parking lot across from the disc golf course near the east end of the island. Much of the wood will need to be cut before being taken off the island, the DNR said, and people must bring their own saws and safety equipment.

Floyd said it is the responsibility of each person gathering wood to clean up sawdust and tree limbs.

Belle Isle in February became a state park, with the DNR taking over management as part of a cost-cutting effort for bankrupt Detroit.




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