While quite a few national parks frown on you hauling trees out of their woods, at Mammoth Cave National Park officials are giving it away.
It's not that Superintendent Patrick Reed is so focused on what goes on underground that he could care less about what goes on above ground, but rather that park crews are still cleaning up from last January's ice storm, which felled more than a few trees.
As a result, Superintendent Reed is more than happy to see you and your pickup truck.
Following the ice storm, park staff moved downed tree trunks away from the roads to make the roads passable. The logs are considered to be excess property, and if left in the park, the wood could become a fire hazard.
“We offer the logs free of charge to the public – if you can haul it, you can have it,” says the superintendent.
The logs are stockpiled in closed areas of the park and at Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department. People interested in collecting the logs and hauling them away must contact the park ranger staff to make arrangements at 270-758-2115.