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Christmas tree permits available soon

Staff report

The Bureau of Land Management’s Carson City Field Office will sell Christmas tree permits beginning Monday and ending Dec. 24 at a variety of locations across western Nevada and eastern California.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, will sell Christmas tree permits beginning Nov. 24 and ending Dec. 24.

The agencies conduct Christmas tree sales to thin small trees in overstocked areas and provide recreational experiences for local residents.

Permits from both agencies are valid through Dec. 25.

Tree cutters should bring their own saws, warm clothing, a 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. Since permits are nonrefundable, it is advisable to cut trees early in the season because some areas may not be accessible after snowfall.

Pinon pine trees will be available for $5 each on designated BLM lands in the Pine Nut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, and the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon. There is a limit of two permits per household.

Permits for BLM pinon trees may be purchased at:

n BLM Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, 29 and Dec. 6 and 13. Phone credit card orders or check/credit card mail orders are accepted. Call 885-6000 for information.

n USDA Farm Service Agency (Minden), Hickey Building, 1702 County Road Suite 1A. Call 782-3661.

n USDA Farm Service Agency (Fallon), 111 Sheckler Road. Call 423-5127 for information.

n USDA Farm Service Agency (Yerington), 215 W. Bridge St. For information, call 463-2265.

n Cold Springs Station, 452300 Austin Hwy., Fallon. Telephone 423-1233.

n Douglas County Sheriff Substations (accept checks only, no cash): Reach North Valley at 267-3692, Topaz Ranch Estates at 266-1028 and Tillman at 265-7090.

For the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 3,500 permits will be available for $10 each for white fir, Jeffrey pine and incense cedar trees. There is a limit of two trees per household.

Permits for Forest Service trees must be purchased in person at:

n Carson Ranger District Office, 1536 S. Carson St. (US 395), Carson City, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

n Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, No. 3 Webster St., Markleeville, CA. Call (530) 694-2475.

For information call 882-2766 or 885-6000.