Additional Fuelwood now available on Wilderness Ranger District

Release Date: Jun 9, 2017  

Mimbres, NM, June 9, 2017—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Wilderness Ranger District has two additional fuelwood areas now available on the district.

There are approximately 60 acres of additional dry ponderosa pine on the ground in the Gattons Park area. This area is being thinned by the Wilderness RD fire crew to improve forest health, reduce fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface and improve wildlife habitat. This fuelwood would be appropriate for gathering for use as campfire wood, and is available for that use without a permit. The Gattons Park unit is accessible from Hwy 35 at approximately mile marker 17 and Forest Road 4085X.

There are approximately 445 acres on the ground in the McKnight deadwood area and it is almost all juniper with some ponderosa pine. This wildlife habitat improvement project was contracted through New Mexico State Forestry and the funding originated with NM Game & Fish. This area is accessible up the 152 Road via FSR 4204 by Pothole Tank.

You may purchase a wood cutting permit through any of our district offices M-F 8-4:30 p.m. The forest wants to remind you not to block the highway or forest roads while gathering your wood.

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Map of fuelwood cutting areas