Woodcutting is allowed only in designated areas in Yellowstone Canyon within the East Range and in the Stillwater Range, both of which are located in Pershing County on BLM-administered lands. Within these areas, only dead piñon trees (standing or down) may be cut and live or dead juniper trees may be cut. The cost for piñon and juniper permits is $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of two cords and a maximum of four cords per household per year. Wood-cutting permits are required to gather firewood from public lands and are available for purchase year-round. The permits are valid for 90 days from the date of purchase. No resale or other commercial use of the wood is allowed.
To minimize the risk of wildfire, woodcutters should have a shovel and extra water available, and all chainsaws must be equipped with functioning spark arrestors.
Permits can be purchased at the BLM office located at 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd. in Winnemucca and the Pershing County Farm Service Agency, 110 American Blvd., in Lovelock. Maps of these areas are included with the permits.
For more information, call Robert Burton at the Winnemucca District, at 775-623-1500.