People interested in collecting firewood in Rocky Mountain National Park can enter a lottery to obtain one of up to 40 permits that will be issued.
Collection dates will begin Sept. 10 and last through Oct. 31, and collection times will vary depending on the location of the wood, which is mostly lodgepole and ponderosa pine. Some locations will not be available on weekends, according to the park.
Permit holders can take up to five cords on the east side of the park but have no guarantee that much wood will be available. Collection will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
A $20 nonrefundable fee will be charged for the permit.
Information about firewood sites will be given to lottery winners when they get their permit. Most of the wood has not been cut to length, so firewood gatherers should have a chainsaw. Some areas will allow trailers and chainsaw use while others will not, according to the park.
To participate in the lottery, e-mail ROMO_Firewood@nps.gov by 10 p.m. MDT Sept. 6 with the following information:
- In the subject line, write your first and last name only.
- In the body of the e-mail, write your name, street address and phone number.
Only one entry per street address will be allowed.
Names selected by the lottery will be posted at www.nps.gov/romo/parknews/lottery_results_firewood_permits.htm on Sept. 8. Lottery winners can get permits at the Backcountry Office next to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, west of Estes Park on U.S. 36, beginning Sept. 10. They must bring a photo I.D. and proof of their street address. Permits will be issued daily from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Payment must be made with cash in the exact amount or a personal check.
The mountain pine beetle affected some of the firewood, but park officials believe that the beetles should have left the wood by now.
Permit holders will be allowed to enter the park for free to collect wood.