The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds personal-use fuelwood permit holders that 2021 permits expire on Dec. 31. The 2022 fuelwood permits will not be available until spring of next year.
SFNF offices are selling both fuelwood permits and cut-your-own Christmas tree permits virtually throughout December. In alignment with state and federal guidance on COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of employees and the public, the SFNF is selling permits over the phone by credit card and delivering them by postal mail or previously arranged curbside pickup. SFNF offices are still closed to public access. The $10 Christmas tree permits are also available online at Recreation.gov with a $2.50 service charge.
The nonrefundable $20 fuelwood permit is good for up to 10 cords. Dead-and-down permits are valid on the entire forest, except in designated wilderness areas. The Firewood Guide provides additional information, including proper use of load tags and the “do’s and don’ts” for fuelwood gathering.
Plan ahead and know before you go into the forest to gather fuelwood or cut a Christmas tree.
- Check weather and road conditions.
- Let someone know where you are going, when you will be returning and what route you plan to take.
- Make sure you are in a designated fuelwood area. Fuelwood maps are posted on the SFNF website.
- Use the SFNF motor vehicle use maps that show roads, trails and lands that are designated for motor vehicle use.
- Pack personal safety supplies – such as water, snacks and dry clothing – and remember that you may not have cell service in many parts of the forest.
- Follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines and state public health orderswhen collecting fuelwood.