Mother Lode Field Office

Mother Lode Fuelwood Program and Policy

A permit is needed for any and all cutting and or removal of vegetative material on Public Lands.  Mining claims are not an exception.  Due to the land pattern of the Mother Lode Field Office administered lands, fuelwood permits are handled on a case by case basis.

Fuelwood permits within Special Areas such as: Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), Special Recreation Management Areas (SRMA), Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), Nature Areas and Preserves, require an on-site field consultation. 

Purchasers need to have knowledge of property boundaries and have legal access to the material being sought on public lands.  It is up to potential purchasers to locate suitable standing dead or down material.

If the public lands administered by BLM's Mother Lode Field Office are not known to the potential purchaser, it is suggested that a BLM Surface Management Map be obtained for the area of interest.

On October 30, 2015 Governor Brown signed an executive order due to the increased tree mortality in California. Under this State of Emergency proclamation, the BLM Mother Lode Field Office is now offering fuel wood permits for the felling of standing dead conifers on public lands.  These standing dead conifers must be threatening an existing structure, such as a home, fence, or out-building.  The cost of a fuel wood permit is $10.00 per cord for standing dead conifers.

Permits can be obtained by:

Calling the BLM, Mother Lode Field Office at: (916) 941-3101

Or by e-mail: Mother Lode Contact Form

If you would like to request a fuelwood permit, please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • E-mail address
  • Subject: Fuelwood Permit
  • Within the "Comment" box, enter the following:
    1. Location of hazard trees on public lands (are you our neighbor?)
    2. Number of trees that are threatening an existing structure
    3. Diameters of trees (measure 4 1/2' up from ground)
    4. Phone Number
    5. Mailing Address

Time of year fuelwood permits are issued:

  • START  -  October 15th 
    (if fire season allows; 1 week delays until moisture level reduces fire danger to acceptable level)

  • END  June 15th 
    (or beginning of fire season if sooner, and conditions warrant)

Costs for fuelwood - (Personal Use Only):  

  • Standing Dead or Down / Softwoods - Conifers         $10.00 / Per Cord

Maximum ten (10) cords per residence for personal use only (no commercial cutting)

  • Dead and Down / Hardwoods - Oaks           $ 30.00 /  Per Cord

Maximum  five (5) cords per residence for personal use only (no commercial cutting)

Permit Duration – Usually 1 – 3 Months.  Maximum of five months.
A one time only extension can be given under justifiable circumstances.

Please Note:  Fuelwood Permit Noncommercial Special Stipulations, Sections I–V, shall be attached.