Refuge to Open Firewood Gathering by Permit

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Wood Cutting Permit Areas to Open October 15th

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is offering personal use firewood collection by permit beginning October 15, 2019. For 2019, woodcutting will be permitted along Swan Lake, Swanson River and Funny River Roads, within Dolly Varden Campground, and unburned areas within Upper Skilak and Lower Skilak Campgrounds. Permits with maps and all special conditions can be obtained beginning October 15, 2019, at the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

Cutting is limited to trees which are dead and down within the designated permit areas. Standing trees may not be felled. Vehicles are prohibited beyond the shoulders of the main roads. ATVs are prohibited. Excess limbs and woody debris must be piled outside of campsites within campgrounds. Permits allow collection of up to five cords of firewood for personal, non-commercial use per household. All other wood cutting on the Refuge is prohibited, except dead and down wood may be used for campfires while camping on the Refuge.

The Refuge Headquarters office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday - Friday (Monday, October 14th is a federal holiday and the refuge office will be closed). No fees will be charged for permits. The permit will expire and these areas will close to firewood cutting on March 31, 2020. Weather conditions or depletion of wood for cutting may prompt the Refuge Manager to close areas earlier. For further information, visit Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, or call (907) 262-7021.