Rocky Mountain National Park will be issuing permits to collect firewood generated from fuel reduction and hazard tree removal projects starting Friday, Sept. 21.
The permits will be awarded through a lottery system and collection will be allowed for the west side of the park through Oct. 3.
A $10 nonrefundable administrative fee will be charged for the permit to remove up to 5 cords of wood, though permit holders have no guarantee for a total of 5 cords as the collection of wood is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The collection sites vary based on location of firewood and will be provided to lottery winners when they pick up their permits.
One entry will be allowed per physical address or family and can be submitted by email.
To sign-up for the lottery, the park asks you include the following information in an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19:
• In the subject line of the email: Designate your desired collection area (east or west side of the park), then your last name, then your first name. Example: West, Smith, John.
• In the body of the e-mail: Your name, physical address, and phone number.
Names that are selected by the park will be posted on the park's website Friday, Sept. 21, at nps.gov/romo/parknews/lottery_results_firewood_permits.
Lottery winners can obtain permits in person with a photo I.D. and proof of physical address at the Backcountry Office adjacent to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center near Estes Park or at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake beginning Friday, Sept. 21.
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 in the form of personal check.
Permits not claimed and picked up within five days prior to the start of the collection period will be given to the next name on the list.
Permit holders will be authorized non-fee entry into the park for purposes of wood collection.
Some wood may not be cut to manageable lengths and will require the use of a chainsaw.
More information about the wood collection or about the park can be attained by calling the park's information office at 970-586-1206.