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Firewood Collection Permits Available From Rocky

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Permits are available to collect firewood generated from hazard tree removals within Rocky Mountain National Park beginning October 1 through October 19. A $40 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for removing up to two cords of firewood. Initially up to 50 permits will be issued. Additional permits may be issued depending on the amount of firewood remaining.

Firewood permits must be obtained in person at either Backcountry office in Rocky Mountain National Park. One office is adjacent to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Estes Park, and the other is in the Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake. Permits will be issued daily from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment must be made with cash in the exact amount or a personal check.

The wood is primarily lodgepole pine but may include some Douglas-fir, spruce, ponderosa pine and aspen. Some of the firewood may require a chainsaw to cut and haul. Some of the wood was previously inhabited with mountain pine beetle but enough time has elapsed to allow the beetles to exit the wood. The wood is located at the Pontiac administrative use site on the west side of the park.

Firewood can be collected seven days a week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and only from the location designated in the permit. Access to the collection site may be closed during periods of inclement weather. To receive more information and permit availability, please call 970-586-1206.

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