SANTA FE, NM – April 22, 2020 – In alignment with federal guidance and New Mexico public health orders, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will delay the sale of personal-use fuelwood permits to June 1 this year. Typically, the SFNF starts selling permits on or before May 1. The decision to delay permit sales was based on the COVID-19 virus’ projected peak in New Mexico and the need to minimize exposure and risk.
As long as SFNF offices are conducting business virtually, the process for fuelwood permit sales will also be virtual. Sales will be completed with a credit or debit card over the phone, and the permit, load tags, maps and guidelines for harvesting the wood will be mailed to the customer’s home.
In another change this year, the $20 permit is good for up to 10 cords, double the previous limit of five cords. Dead-and-down permits, which expire on Dec. 31, 2020, are valid on the entire forest, except in designated wilderness areas.
“Forest products like fuelwood are essential to the social and economic wellbeing of our communities. Northern New Mexicans have been gathering wood off these mountains for centuries, and we are doing our best to maintain that tradition in the safest way possible,” Forest Supervisor James Melonas said. “We know virtual sales may be difficult for some of our customers, but our primary concern is the health and safety of our employees and the public.”
During the response to the pandemic, the SFNF will continue to assess the best way to provide services to our communities and will provide additional information on fuelwood when necessary.
Customers with an immediate emergency/hardship need for personal-use fuelwood prior to June 1 can contact the SFNF at 505-438-5300 for assistance.
Contact Forest Headquarters at 505-438-5300 or one of the District Offices for more information on fuelwood permits. Stay up to date on the fuelwood program by checking the SFNF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.