After one of the driest fire seasons on record, Santa Fe National Forest personnel want to remind the public that the Forest is open for fuelwood collection, but with a “twist”.
“We want to make up for the time lost during our closure by raising the limit on dead and down fuelwood from ten to 15 cords,” said Jamie Bennett, district ranger for the Cuba Ranger District. “The permit will allow wood gathering until December 31st, 2018.”
Personal use permits are available to acquire a variety of other forest products on the Forest such as permits for latillas, vigas, and cedar posts, as well as various live species transplants sold under “wildling permits,” each of which is available on specific districts.
Permits are available with current identification at any USDA Forest Service office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Permits can also be purchased at the Walatowa Visitor Center located on NM Hwy 4, eight miles north of US 550/NM Hwy 4 Junction from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
For more information on the availability of permits, cost, hours of operation, and for detailed location maps, contact the USDA Forest Service office of your choice:
Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office (505) 438-5300
Coyote Ranger District (575) 638-5526
Cuba Ranger District (575) 289-3264
Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535
Walatowa Visitor Center (575) 834-7235
Espanola District Office (505) 753-7331
Pecos District Office (505) 757-6121
Las Vegas District Office (505) 425-3534