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Free Firewood Available at UW’s Jelm Mountain Observatory Saturday


September 28, 2012 — Volunteers are needed Saturday, Sept. 29, to help move felled beetle-killed trees near the University of Wyoming Jelm Mountain Observatory.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have felled and cut all of the dead pines in this area and have piled the slash into burn piles. They have left a large amount of cut firewood in lengths from 2 to 8 feet within a short, down-hill carry to the roadside.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to pick up the remaining slash, and haul and load short lengths of firewood onto trucks and trailers for transport. UW will have two large trucks and trailers, and will transport firewood to Laramie residences. 

“We ask that people bring sturdy boots, long pants and shirts, gloves and a water bottle,” says organizer Jerry Bucher, a technician in the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy. “What remains after Saturday’s pickup will be stacked on the side of the road for the public to haul away. The Forest Service will waive firewood permits to help with the fuels removal.”

To participate, RSVP to Bucher by emailing gbucher1@uwyo.edu before 5 p.m. Friday to allow for a head count for lunch.

After the cleanup, UW astronomers will provide a tour of the observatory and discuss some of the new research projects under way.

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