Magdalena Ranger District’s firewood season open for cutting

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The 2013 firewood cutting season begins 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.

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 allowed 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.

Permits can also be purchased at the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands Supervisor’s Office, 2113 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque; open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For additional information contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281.