Update as of 08/01/09
UTAH BLM SEALED BID AUCTION
DEADLINE AUGUST 10, 2009
The BLM's Cedar City, Utah office is currently offering pine nut harvesting sales in a sealed bid auction. The deadline for submitting bids is August 10, 2009. See information packet at the following link:
2009 CCFO Commercial Pine Nuts.pdf
Please contact Doug Page, Southwest Utah Zone Forester, if you wish to be placed on their mailing list.
Phone: 435-865-3015 Email: email@example.com
Address:176 East D.L. Sargent Drive Cedar City, Utah 84721
Other Utah BLM offices occasionally offer commercial pine nuts.
Offices that have issued permits in recent years include the Fillmore Field Office and the Richfield Field Office (Hanksville Station). BLM Nevada may also hold a pine nut auction, which usually takes place in Ely during August. Their auction is an oral bid auction, but otherwise is similar to Cedar City's sealed bid auction. The US Forest Service sometimes offers commercial pine nut permits in the Dixie National Forest in Utah and the Humbolt-Toyaibe National forest in Nevada.
Data Sources and Acknowledgments: Information for the 2009 season has been provided by pine nut dealers and land managers knowledgeable about the field conditions in the areas they work.
State by State Outlook
Colorado - no crop forecast data available at this time
Permits for commercial and personal use on BLM and Forest Service lands in Colorado should contact the field office nearest the harvest location. A list of offices is located at the following site: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo.html.
The Royal Gorge Field Office charges 20 cents/pound for commercial permits, with a minimum purchase of $15. There is no charge for personal use permits which allow the holder to pick up to two five-gallon buckets of pinyon nuts.
Lands managed by the Colorado State Land Board do not have a pine nut harvesting policy. Persons interested in harvesting on Colorado State lands should contact Kit Page, District Manager of the South District, regarding establishment of permit and lease fees.
Colorado State Land Board, South District
305 Murphy Drive, Suite A
Alamosa, CO 81101
New Mexico - no crop forecast data available at this time
Foresters are anticipating a good pine nut harvest for 2009.
Nevada - no crop forecast data available at this time
Commercial harvesters can inquire about BLM's pinyon crop conditions and whether there will be an auction at the Ely District Office:
Ely District Office
702 N. Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301
Office hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F
U.S. Forest Service Auction
Contact the Ely Ranger District office for information regarding commercial pine nut sales on the Humbolt-Toyaibe National Forest.
Ely Ranger District
825 Ave E.
Ely, Nevada 89301
Ph: 775-289-3031 or 775-482-7890
Office hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm