SANTA FE ― Sales of Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) fuelwood permits and other Forest Service products at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, also known as the Walatowa Visitor Center, will be limited to Saturdays only for the month of November.
Normally, the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, located at 7413 N.M. 4 on Jemez Pueblo, has a Forest Service employee onsite Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays seasonally to sell permits and provide visitors with information about the forest. Due to a staffing issue, the SFNF is able to staff the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center on Saturdays only this month.
Permits and other products may be purchased at the Jemez Ranger Station at 051 Woodsy Lane in Jemez Springs off N.M. 4, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Credit cards are accepted only until 4 p.m.) Customers may want to call the Jemez District Office at 575.289.3535 to check availability of the permits.
“We know how important fuelwood is to many of our communities, and the ability to buy a permit on the weekend is a big plus for many of our customers,” District Ranger Brian Riley said. “That’s why we are making an effort to keep the Welcome Center staffed on Saturdays. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to return to our normal hours by the first weekend in December.”
Permits are also available at all SFNF offices, including Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe. The nonrefundable fuelwood permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $20 for five cords with a maximum of 15 cords per household per year. Customers may purchase permits by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 31, 2019. Permit purchasers will receive load tags, a fuelwood cutting map and guidelines for harvesting the wood.