BLM Offers a Low-cost Firewood-cutting Program Near Ferndale


Firewood stack stock image [Photo by Acabashi]

Press release from BLM:

FERNDALE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is continuing a low-cost firewood-cutting program at the Lost Coast Headlands near Ferndale, where North Coast families can stop by the public lands to obtain an economical source of home heating for next winter.

“There are still 41 cords of firewood available at the site of the old Centerville Naval Facility,” said BLM Arcata Field Manager Molly Brown. “The wood is cut into three-foot lengths and is easy to access.”

Permits are available for purchase at the Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road, in Arcata. The cost is $10 per cord, with a two-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum. The BLM will provide purchasers with maps of the cutting area and information on wood cutting regulations. Those planning to cut wood must buy the permit and be present during wood cutting.

BLM crews cut the pine and cypress trees and then moved the wood close to a paved area to make removal more convenient.

In addition to getting an economical source of winter heat for their homes, firewood cutters are helping the BLM complete a recreation site at the former Centerville Naval Facility. “Once the firewood is removed, we can begin working on improvements that include a restroom, picnic tables, a parking area and trail,” Brown said.

Perched along the coastal bluffs near the mouth of the Eel River, the 463-acre Lost Coast Headlands offers trails for beach access and stunning coastal views. There are great opportunities for hiking, picnicking, bird watching, wildflower viewing and beachcombing.
For more information, telephone the BLM Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.



  • $10 a cord?!?!? Can’t get a better deal than that!

  • Lemme get this straight… you have to Drive to Arcata to give them $20 bucks for two cords?

    Then you have to drive right straight back down to the headlands to pick it up?

    That’s 27 miles one way, 54 miles round trip -> so much for BLM caring about wasted gas, wasted time and/or global warming.

  • Its cypress with 36″ diameter logs. Unless you have a big bar saw and a splitter on site, you’ll have a bitch of a time moving, let alone splitting the logs. The wood is a struggle and as mentioned way the heck out of Ferndale on the shittiest road in Humboldt.

  • Why don’t you just let people who need the wood go get it. You say there is 41cords left? What the heck are you going to do with $410. It’ll cost more time and paperwork to issue the permits. No wonder our civil service payroll and benefit are bankrupting the country. And by the way its not your forest, its belongs to all of us.

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