Magdalena Ranger District’s firewood season open

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The 2013 firewood cutting season has begun on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. The season will run through February 2014, weather permitting.

The District is issuing permits to cut green wood and dead/down wood. Specifically dead down or standing wood of any juniper species, piñon pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Engelmann spruce. The trees must be 14 inches in diameter (43 inches around) or less. If a tree has any green on it, even one branch, it is considered green. For a tree to be considered dead it must be completely dead.

Juniper species and piñon pine trees that are 14 inches in diameter (43 inches around) or less at stump height may be cut green.

Cutting of any size, green or live hardwood trees (oak, cottonwood, sycamore, maple, box elder, walnut etc.) is not permitted with either permit.

The cost for a personal use permit is $10 per cord. There is a 2 cord minimum purchase (8 cord maximum).

Permits may be purchased at the Magdalena Ranger District, U.S. 60 and Kelly Road in Magdalena From 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Also permits can be purchased at the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands Supervisor’s Office, 2113 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM; open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
For additional information contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281.