Firewood gathering permits are to become available in Yellowstone National Park for a short time beginning the end of this week. Park Spokesman Al Nash explains that excess firewood periodically becomes available in the park for a variety of reasons including reducing the amount of wildland fire fuel, trees knocked down by high winds, construction projects or hazard tree removal. Those interested in applying for a permit are asked to phone Yellowstone’s Visitor Services Office at (307) 344-2116 between Friday and Sunday to leave their name and daytime telephone number. Permits will be issued in the order phone calls are received. The cost of the permits is $25 for a maximum of three cords. Once the permits are awarded, the successful applicant will be contacted as the wood becomes available throughout the year.