Starting October 13, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will allow personal use of firewood collection. Interested parties can pick up permits and detailed maps at a self-serve station outside the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.
Designated Cutting Areas
Collectors can cut wood in specific areas: Swan Lake Road, parts of Swanson River Road, some sections of Funny River Road, and areas within Dolly Varden Campground. The permit also grants access to segments of Upper and Lower Skilak Road, parts of Upper and Lower Skilak Campgrounds, Ohmer Campground, Jims’ Landing, and Ski Hill Road. However, wood cutting remains off-limits along the Refuge Service Entrance Roads.
Cutters must focus on dead and fallen trees within designated areas. Standing trees should remain untouched. Vehicles should stay on main roads, and ATVs are not allowed. Collectors must clear away excess tree limbs or debris responsibly, keeping them clear of roadsides, water areas, and campgrounds.
Each permit allows a maximum of five cords of firewood for personal use. Other than this allowance, general wood cutting remains restricted in the refuge. But campers can use dead and down wood for campfires.
Validity and Conditions
The permit will last until March 31, 2024. Yet, factors like adverse weather or a decrease in wood supply might shorten the collection period.