Plumas National Forest Christmas tree cutting permits (personal use) are now availalbe. The $10 permit allows you to cut a tree through December 24th. Permits may be purchased through the mail, at PNF Ranger District offices and at participaring local businesses.
To receive a permit by mail, please send mailing address information plus a check or money order (payable to USDA Forest Service) to: Plumas National Forest, Christmas Tree Permit, P.O. Box 11500, Quincy, CA 95971. Neither cash nor credit cards may be used and a self addressed stamped envelope is not needed. You must be 18 years or older to purchase the non-refundable permit and no more than two permits will be mailed to one address or household. Mail requests received after December 1 will be returned as the Forest Service can not guarantee permits will reach their destination prior to December 24.
Because of the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains, plan to cut a tree as soon as possible, dress appropriately in warm clothing, and be prepared for possible ice and snow on the roads (carry tire chains). Check the Plumas National Forest website for other information including participating local businesse and local Ranger District Offices at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas.
Make it a fun weekend - call local chambers and/or visiter information centers for information about lodging, dining, and holiday events in areas near the forest.
Plumas National Forest Offices - All offices are closed on weekends and Thanksgiving Day, November 22.
Quincy: Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, three miles north of Quincy, (530) 283-0555, (8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday).
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, will begin selling Christmas tree cutting permits to the general public on Monday, November 19, 2012, and ending December 24, 2012, or until all permits are sold. Federal offices are closed on November 22, 2012.
Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 each in designated cutting areas for white fir, incense cedar, Jeffrey, and lodge pole pine trees.
Two trees may be cut per household, permits are non-refundable, and are valid through December 25, 2012.
Cutting areas include portions of Dog Valley, Mt. Rose, Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley, and Wolf Creek. Please purchase your permit(s) early; they sell out quickly.
Tree cutters should have their own saws, warm clothing, a first-aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, and a shovel, in the event of bad road conditions or inclement weather.
Some cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall, so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season. Ensure you have tire chains in your vehicle; this includes 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles.
Permits must be purchased in person with cash or checks (credit/ATM cards are not accepted).Phone, mail, or e-mail permit requests cannot be processed.
Tree permits are available at the following offices:
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 775-331-6444 Forest Headquarters-Sparks Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV
Carson Ranger District Office 775-882-2766
1536 S. Carson Street, Carson City, NV Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Galena Creek Visitor Center 775-849-4948
16750 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno, NV Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
14799 Highway 89, Markleeville, CA 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
From the U.S. Forest Service
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, will begin selling Christmas tree cutting permits on November 15. The permits allow cutting a pinyon pine or juniper tree on designated BLM lands primarily in the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne. Maps and directions are available with permit purchase. The cost per permit is $5.
There is no limit to the number of permits that may be purchased; the permits are for individual use only. Collection of trees for resale requires a special permit.
The BLM permits for Christmas trees will be sold at the locations listed below. The Reno and Carson City BLM offices accept credit cards, cash, and checks; other locations only accept cash or checks made payable to the BLM. Permits may be purchased at the following locations:
BLM-Carson City District Office Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Middlegate Station 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., daily 42500 U.S. Highway 50 (48 miles east of Fallon) 775-423-7134
Cold Springs Station 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., daily 52500 U.S. Highway 50 (62 miles east of Fallon) 775-423-1233
Tree cutters should be prepared with warm clothing, first aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, shovel and tire chains, in the event of bad road conditions or inclement weather. Some cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall, so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season.
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.
From the Bureau of Land Management
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit holiday tree permits are sold out. In late November, 3,000 permits were issued on a first-come, first- served basis. No additional permits will be authorized for this season.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is also sold out of permits. Other options for cutting a tree on National Forest land include the Plumas, Shasta-Trinity, Lassen and Inyo National Forests. In addition, private Christmas tree farms are located in Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties.
Permit sales in the Lake Tahoe Basin began in 2003 with approximately 750 permits. Over the years the program has grown to an average annual sale of 3,000 permits. Harvesting smaller diameter trees offers residents and visitors a traditional holiday experience while helping to thin the forest.
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