Firewood Collection Permits Available For 2017 Season By Lottery From Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: March 7, 2017
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Permits are available by lottery to collect previously cut wood generated from hazard tree removals and wildland fuels reduction within Rocky Mountain National Park. Permits are limited to one cord on one day by a scheduled appointment. Over 100 permits are anticipated to be issued on the east side of the park throughout the 2017 season. A $20 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for the permit. One day passage beyond the entrance stations is included in the permit fee for firewood gathering purposes only. Appointments for gathering will be scheduled throughout the year (no more than two weeks in advance) at times when roads, weather, park personnel and other park activities are available/favorable for gathering. Permit holders have no guarantee to the type, quality, or size of the wood.  
The initial firewood collection site is near Moraine Park (four wheel drive not required). Most of the wood has not been cut into manageable lengths and will require a chainsaw. Trailers and vehicles with more than two axles will not be permitted.

To sign up for the lottery for a firewood permit (one entry per physical address) please email the following information to starting at 8 a.m. mountain time, Monday, March 13 through 8 a.m. mountain time Monday March 27.  

  1. In the subject line of your email: provide your Last Name, then your First Name.  Example: Smith, John
  2. In the body of your email: Your Name, Physical Address and Phone Number.
  3. Wait for park staff to contact you with further instructions
A lottery will be conducted from the first two weeks’ email entries.  The list of wood lottery winners will be exhausted before conducting another lottery. Winners will be contacted by park staff to set up an appointment to obtain the required permit, receive a vehicle and gear inspection, get an orientation to the wood gathering area, and gather the wood. Winners who do not respond within 14 days of being contacted by the park will be removed from consideration.
To receive more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.

Last updated: March 7, 2017

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