August 31, 2010
For a second year, Grand Teton National Park will allow a limited number of firewood cords to be collected for personal use—by permit only—along Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway (JDR Parkway). Wood collection will begin on Friday, September 3 and end on October 11, 2010. Each permit will be limited to four cords of wood at a cost of $15.00 per cord. Firewood is limited to private, non-commercial use.
Permits to gather the available firewood will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis from the Permits Desk at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. This opportunity is possible as part of a hazard tree removal project along the Grassy Lake Road. In past years, wind storms toppled numerous trees onto the road creating a safety concern for motorists. Interagency fire personal cleared the hazard trees last year, leaving behind stacks of rounds and limbs. Anyone obtaining a firewood permit will simply need to cut the already downed trees into manageable lengths and remove the wood. Standing trees may not be sawed down.
In order to gather firewood, a Special Use Permit is required. This permit will specify the amount of wood permitted, and those who gather wood must have the authorized permit with them while on site. Guidelines and regulations for firewood collection will be issued along with the permit.
No motorized vehicles are permitted away from established roads in the JDR Parkway. Winches, cables or ropes cannot be used to drag wood to the road. Logs should be hauled by hand or a non-motorized wheeled cart.
Wood collectors will need to buck the wood into manageable lengths and the use of chainsaws is approved in the identified areas. A map of these areas will be issued along with the firewood permit.
For further information about this opportunity, please call Barbara Visnovske at 307.739.3431 during business hours.