SANTA FE, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management offices began personal Christmas tree permit sales for harvest of piñon and juniper. Permits are available through Dec. 23 and cost $5 per tree. Permits and maps may be obtained over the counter at your local BLM Office or online at forestproducts.blm.gov.
If purchasing online, you must have access to a printer for printing the permit and map. When transporting a tree taken from BLM public land, the haul tag provided with the permit must be attached to the tree. The BLM has developed georeferenced maps compatible with any georeferenced map mobile application. If you have a smart phone and would like to download a map before heading out to harvest a tree, please visit the following website for instructions on how to download the application: https://www.blm.gov/maps/georeferenced-PDFs.
Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, the BLM has adjusted services at its offices. Before you visit your local BLM office to obtain a permit, please call that office to confirm services and availability of staff. Below are the locations where the permits may be available:
• Rio Puerco Field Office, 100 Sun Ave., NE, Suite 330, Albuquerque, NM 87109. (505) 761-8700
• Socorro Field Office, 901 S. Old U.S. Hwy 85, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-0412
• New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508. (505) 954-2000
• Farmington Field Office, 6251 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87402. (505) 564-7600
• Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571, (575) 758-8851
For more information about Christmas tree permits, please contact your local BLM office or the BLM New Mexico State Office at 505-954-2222.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
This article originally appeared on Deming Headlight: Bureau of Land Management Christmas trees available in New Mexico