TAOS, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Senator Pete Domenici is asking the Forest Service to stop charging firewood fees to some land grant heirs until it clarifies whether the fee is allowed under the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.
The New Mexico Republican asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today to stop collecting the fee.
El Rito residents signed petitions asking the Carson National Forest to stop charging $20 for five cords of wood.
The residents are heirs of the Juan Jose Lobato Land Grant in Rio Arriba County.
They say the treaty guarantees their personal use of downed firewood, sand and rocks.
Their petition is based on a 1946 agreement in which the secretary of agriculture turned over part of the grant to the Forest Service.
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