The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is temporarily unable to sell fuelwood permits and other Forest Service products at its satellite office at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, also known as the Walatowa Visitor Center, located at 7413 NM Highway 4 on Jemez Pueblo.
Normally, the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center has a Forest Service employee onsite Friday, Saturday and Sunday seasonally to sell permits and provide visitors with information about the forest. Due to a staffing issue, the SFNF will not be able to staff the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center for approximately a month.
Permits and other products may be purchased at the Jemez Ranger Station at 051 Woodsy Lane in Jemez Springs off NM Highway 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday. (Credit cards are accepted only until 4 p.m.) Customers may want to call the Jemez District Office at 575-289-3535 to check availability of the permits.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” District Ranger Brian Riley said. “We know that the ability to buy a permit on the weekend is a big plus for many of our customers. We will let folks know when we plan to reopen our office at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, and we hope it will be within a month.”
Permits are also available at all SFNF offices, including Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe. The nonrefundable fuelwood permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $20 for five cords with a maximum of 15 cords per household per year. Customers may purchase permits by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 31, 2019. Permit purchasers will receive load tags, a fuelwood cutting map and guidelines for harvesting the wood