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Carson City District
Release Date: 09/24/12
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,
News Release No. CCDO 2012-50

BLM to Partner with Local Groups to Provide Firewood or Heating Gift Cards to Help Families in Need to Stay warm this Winter

Carson City, NV - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District is working with Hilltop Community Church and Bridge Ministries to provide firewood or heating gift cards to families in need. Starting on Saturday, September 29 and running through the end of October, volunteers from the Hilltop Community Church and Bridge Ministries will collect firewood from the site of the former Airport Fire, near Markleeville, California. This fire burned 81 acres of BLM and Alpine County land during the 2011 fire season. 

Volunteers have a goal of collecting between 40 and 50 cords of firewood. The BLM is authorizing the removal of fire-killed trees to meet this goal. Families who don’t have a wood stove or fireplace will receive NV Energy gift cards, which will be purchased by proceeds from the firewood. Recipients will be selected by church staff and will remain anonymous. 

Hilltop Community Church is located in Carson City and is a non-denominational Christian Church with a membership of about 1,000. Bridge Ministries is a local non-profit group that raises money to help the local community and children in Kenya. 

The wood cutting will take place on the mornings of Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and 27. The Church has plenty of volunteers for the wood collection, but if you would like to help, donations will be accepted in exchange for the firewood. The firewood will be available starting in early November and will be on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Greg Burns at for more information about firewood availability or how to donate. 

For more information, please contact Lisa Ross, BLM Carson City public affairs specialist, at 775-885-6100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Carson City District   5665 Morgan Mill Road      Carson City, NV 89701  

Last updated: 04-14-2015