The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office will offer free firewood permits at the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, north of Sonoita, between 9 AM and 4 PM on Jan 27, 2016.

Interested individuals can meet a BLM representative at the Airstrip Group Site during the times and dates listed above to obtain a permit and instructions. There is no limit on the amount of firewood each individual may collect with a valid permit.  Collection of firewood for commercial use or resale is prohibited. Permits are valid for six months from the date they are issued.

The mesquite firewood is available as a result of BLM’s ongoing grassland restoration program at Las Cienegas.  Invasive mesquite trees are removed to encourage growth of native grasses and improve wildlife habitat for species such as pronghorn.

The 42,000-acre Las Cienegas National Conservation Area 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

For more information about firewood permits, contact Heather Swanson, BLM Natural Resource Specialist, at 520-439-6429.

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