Free firewood permits available at BLM Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Collection period begins Dec. 1 

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

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TUCSON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office is offering free firewood permits for collecting downed wood at the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA). Permits issued will be valid Dec. 1 – Feb. 28, 2022. 

To maintain social distancing protocols, interested persons may obtain a permit and collection area map by emailing a request for a free permit application to Applications will be processed electronically and completed via email. 

Collection of dead and downed mesquite will be confined to the Cienegitas Campground Area and permits will continue to be issued until the wood removal target is reached. Each permit allows for the collection of up to two cords of downed wood. Issuance of a permit does not necessarily guarantee the availability of dead and downed wood. 

“We offer the collection of wood, as a good neighbor and member of the community, from trees that we have downed to maintain wildlife corridors in the area,” said BLM Tucson Field Manager Jayme Lopez. “We wish everyone a warm and safe winter.” 

Mesquite firewood is available because of the BLM’s ongoing grassland restoration program at the LCNCA. Invasive mesquite trees are downed to encourage the growth of native grasses and improve habitat for wildlife, such as the pronghorn antelope. 

The 45,000-acre LCNCA is located 45 miles southeast of Tucson in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. The conservation area protects a landscape of rolling, oak-studded, grasslands and lush riparian areas that contain several of the rarest vegetative habitat types in the Southwest.