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Christmas Tree Permits from the BLM and Forest Service

By November 15, 2008

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If you are the do-it-yourself type, you can now get Christmas tree cutting permits from either the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to go get a tree on nearby public land, or on not so nearby public land.

BLM permits for pinyon pine trees are available now at $5 each and there is no limit on how many you can buy. Areas open to tree cutting include the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne. When you purchase a permit, maps and directions are included. BLM accepts phone credit card orders and check or credit card mail orders. You can get permits in person from these BLM locations, during the hours listed:

BLM-Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Rd., Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (11/29, 12/6, 12/13)

BLM-Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89520-0006
(775) 861-6500
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The USFS is going to issue approximately 4,000 permits cutting Christmas trees in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, starting on November 24, ending on December 22, and valid until December 25. Households are limited to two $10 permits, which will be sold on a first come basis. Permits must be purchased in person with cash or a check; credit cards will not be accepted. You'll be able to cut white fir, Jeffrey pine, and incense cedar trees in designated areas. USFS Christmas tree permits are available at these locations during the hours listed:

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Supervisorís Office
1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 331-6444
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Carson Ranger District Office
1536 S. Carson Street (US395), Carson City, NV 89701-5291
(775) 882-2766
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tree cutters need to bring their own saws and other equipment. In case you encounter bad roads and stormy weather, be sure to bring warm clothing, a first aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, a shovel, and tire chains. If you get stuck, it may be a while before someone finds you and cell phones may not work in remote areas.

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