Los Alamos had a big forest fire in 2000, the result is that there are a ton of burnt standing and fallen trees in the area. The trees are good and dead, but usually the main trunk of the tree is excellent burning material. You can buy a wood cutting/gathering permit from the forest service for 20 bucks for 5 cords of wood a year so you can heat your home. We don't have a wood stove yet, but will get an insert this year or next. The wood gathering helps clear out the deadwood and transfer the fuel load off the mountains and into neat piles next to your home.
My buddy Adam and I went up into the mountains to retrieve a load of wood. Unlike the rest of the much more efficient wood gatherers we used only hand tools. They got more wood, but we made far less noise. Here are some pics and videos of the enterprise. We will go gather more meagre amounts of fuel when we become less sore. We pretty much suck at this and need bigger bow saws...
The inadequate handtools of doom!
Interesting Wood bugs abounded
Aspen field, roots lived creating the new growth, we dropped a big standing dead aspen, we are morons:
The day's haul
Ash blackened rubes
My half of the haul
Need the bigger bow saw
I made a pretty good pile of wood
Mostly aspen and ponderosa pine. Next more gathering and more sawing and perhaps some splitting action.