BLM Christmas Tree, Firewood Cutting Permits Available
Christmas tree tags are now available at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office. BLM tree permits are $4 each with a limit of five per person.
Tags for Christmas tree cutting on BLM-administered lands in the Elko area can be purchased at the Elko BLM Office, 3900 Idaho Street during regular office hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by mail from the BLM, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 before December 11. Mail-in requests should include a check or money order payable to the Department of the Interior-BLM, a return address, and the name and address of each person requesting a permit.
Additionally, BLM tree tags are available at the Wendover Port of Entry, open 4:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week; at the Montello Post Office, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays; and at the U.S. Forest Service Office in Wells, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pinyon Pine and Juniper are the only Christmas trees that can be cut on BLM- administered lands. Areas recommended for tree cutting are Spruce Mountain, east of Ruby Valley; Cherry Creek Range, west of Currie; the Murdock Mountains, west of Montello; Dolly Varden Mountain, northeast of Currie; Pequop Mountains and Wood Hills, both east of Wells; Pilot and Toano Ranges, north of Wendover; and Sugar Loaf Peak, south of the Goshute Mountains.
Firewood cutting permits are available only at the Elko District Office. Dead Pinyon Pine, Juniper and Mahogany are available for cutting anywhere on BLM-administered public lands except or unless an area is a Wilderness Study Area, campground or posted for ‘No Firewood Cutting' to allow for grass seeding rehabilitation. Permits are $6 a cord with a minimum of two cords. Live trees may only be cut in designated greenwood harvest areas. A complete list of stipulations is available at the Elko District Office.
People are advised to plan ahead for their tree-cutting activities. Cold weather combined with snow can make travel into the mountains dangerous. Emergency equipment and supplies such as chains, snow tires, a first aid kit, blankets, and extra food and water are recommended. Always tell someone where you are going and provide an expected return time.