Firewood cutting in the Taos Field Office, New Mexico.

New Mexico Wood Cutting Permits

A jurisdiction map of the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico. The map shows the locations of the BLM state office and field offices, and the district and field office boundaries.

 

The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico sells fuelwood permits for personal use to the public. Fuelwood permits cost $5 - $12 per cord and are available in person at select locations or online.  

In almost all field offices, BLM fuelwood permits are valid for cutting only dead (down or standing) piñon and juniper (cedar).  Cutting green trees or other trees not allowed by permit is strictly prohibited.  Minimum and maximum cords for purchase vary by field office.  Rules, regulations, and timing vary slightly between field offices; please read all materials that accompany your permit.

Below is a list of where BLM fuelwood permits are available for purchase.

New Mexico State Office

Cutting Area: (This office sells BLM fuelwood permits for the Taos Field Office) 

  • Central Rio Arriba (South of Tierra Amarilla, NM)
  • Taos and Rio Arriba (Areas near Taos, NM)
  • Santa Fe (Areas near Santa Fe, NM)

Cost: $12/cord – dead & down 

Sale dates: May - December

Permits available: Online and at the New Mexico State Office

Contact:

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center
301 Dinosaur Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 954-2002 

Stipulations:

Maps:

Farmington Field Office

Cutting Area

  • Farmington Field Office (San Juan, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval counties)

Cost: $12/cord – dead & down

  • Max purchase of 4 cords/day, up to 10 cords/year
  • Permits are valid for 3 months after purchase

Sale dates: January 1 - December 31

Permits Available: Farmington Field Office

Contact:

Farmington Field Office 
6251 College Blvd
Farmington, NM 87402
(505) 564-7600

Stipulations:

Map:

Rio Puerco Field Office

Cutting Area

Rio Puerco Field Office (Sandoval County)

Cost: $12/cord – dead Pinon only

  • Max purchase of 4 cords/day, up to 10 cords/year Permits are valid for 3 months after purchase

Sale dates: January 1 - December 31

Permits available: Rio Puerco Field Office and U.S. Forest Service Cuba Ranger Station

Contact:

Rio Puerco Field Office
100 Sun Ave NE Suite 330
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 761-8700

Stipulations and Map:

Socorro Field Office

Cutting Area

Datil Twin Peaks Fuelwood Area

Cost: $5/cord – 2 cord minimum and 8 cord maximum

Sale dates: August 10, 2021 - April 3, 2022

Permits available: Socorro Field Office

Contact:

Socorro Field Office
901 S Old US Hwy 85
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-0223

Datil Twin Peaks Fuelwood Removal Guide and Specifications

Taos Field Office

Cutting Area:

  • Central Rio Arriba (South of Tierra Amarilla, NM)
  • Taos and Rio Arriba (Areas near Taos, NM)
  • Santa Fe (Areas near Santa Fe, NM)

Cost: $12/cord – dead & down 

Sale dates: May - December

Permits available: Online and at the Taos Field Office

Contact:

Taos Field Office
1024 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-8851

Stipulations:

Maps:

Depending on the time of year, permits for the Taos Field Office and Farmington Field Office are available online at https://forestproducts.blm.gov/.  Online sales require payment with a credit or debit card.  If you are purchasing a permit online, you must have access to a printer as you will be required to print your permit, maps, instructions, and haul tags.

Penalties for cutting or removing wood from BLM lands without a valid fuelwood permit can be more than $300.  Fines for cutting green trees start at $300, with a $50 fine for each additional tree.  At the discretion of a BLM Law Enforcement Officer, illegally cut fuelwood and any equipment used, such as chainsaws, trailers, and even vehicles, can be confiscated from illegal woodcutters.

Point of Contact

New Mexico State Office
301 Dinosaur Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87508
blm_nm_comments@blm.gov
505-954-2000

Purchase permits online

Visit forestproducts.blm.gov to purchase select permits online (Not available for all offices)

  • Depending on the time of year, permits for the Taos Field Office permits are available online.

Fuelwood Maps

Maps of open wood-cutting areas, along with all rules concerning fuelwood collection, will be available at the time of purchase.

Fire Restrictions

Please check fire restrictions before heading out to your cutting area.