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Where Can I Cut Firewood?

Individuals may cut dead standing or down pinyon pines and junipers anywhere on public land within the Carson City District with a proper wood cutting permit.  Permittees must locate their own wood and are responsible for determining when they are on public land.  Maps are available to help you find your way.

Wood cutting permits will be available Monday through Friday, starting immediately, at the BLM-Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada, at $10 per cord.  Permits may also be purchased with credit card by telephone (775) 885-6000 and mailed to those not coming to the BLM office.

Extreme caution must be used when driving over dry vegetation, which could be ignited from catalytic converters on vehicles. Everyone in the wildland is encouraged to carry a shovel and other tools that could help stop an accidental fire from starting. Woodcutters are advised to saw early in the day before the afternoon fire danger period that comes with increased heat and wind.

How to measure firewood: A standard cord contains 128 cubic feet of well-stacked wood, commonly described as a pile four feet high, four feet wide, and eight feet long. Since truck beds and trailers vary widely in size, each permittee should figure the volume of his/her load. For example, a full-size, fleet-side, pick-up truck bed 8 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 19.5 inches high, would contain about 73 cubic feet or 57 percent of one cord; one full cord in that truck would be about 33 inches high, or 13.5 inches above the sides.

Finding & Collecting Pinyon Pine Nuts

Christmas Tree Cutting Permits

Every November-December, the BLM-Carson City District and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (Carson Ranger District) sell Christmas tree permits for a variety of locations across western Nevada and eastern California.

The agencies conduct Christmas tree sales to thin small trees in overstocked areas and to provide recreational experiences for local residents. Some cutting areas may not be accessible after snowfall so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season. The non-refundable permits from both agencies are valid through Christmas Day each year.

Please call the BLM Carson City District at (775) 885-6000 or the Carson Ranger District at (775) 882-2766 for more informaton on Christmas tree cutting permits.

Cutting Christmas trees in selected areas helps BLM thin overstocked stands of pinyon pines and is a great family activity.
Cutting Christmas trees in selected areas helps BLM thin overstocked stands of pinyon pines and is a great family activity.