Christmas tree permits go on sale Nov. 22 |

Christmas tree permits go on sale Nov. 22

Staff report

The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City Field Office, and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District will sell Christmas tree permits beginning Nov. 22 and ending Dec. 24 at a variety of locations across western Nevada and eastern California.

The agencies conduct Christmas tree sales to thin small trees in overstocked areas and to provide recreational experiences for local residents. Some cutting areas may not be accessible after snowfall, so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season. The nonrefundable permits from both agencies are valid through Dec. 25.

Tree cutters should bring along their own saws, warm clothing, a first-aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain and shovel and tire chains in the event of bad road conditions or inclement weather.

Permits are $10 each. There is a limit of two trees per household and 3,500 permits will be sold.

Permits for Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest trees – white fir, Jeffrey pine and incense cedar – must be purchased in person at the following locations:

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Supervisors Office, 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 331-6444.

Carson Ranger District Office, 1536 S. Carson St., Carson City, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 882-2766.

Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, No. 3 Webster St., Markleeville; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week, call (530) 694-2475.

Piñon pine trees will be available for $5 each on designated BLM lands in the following locations: Pine Nut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington; the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne. Limit of two permits per household. Permits are nonrefundable.

Both the Interagency Information Center in Reno and the BLM-Carson City Field Office will accept phone credit card orders or check/credit card mail orders.

Locations to by permits for BLM piñon pines:

BLM-Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18), call 885-6000.

BLM-Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89520-0006, 7:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 861-6500.

USDA Farm Service Agency (Minden), Hickey Building, 1702 County Road Suite 1A, Minden, NV 89423, telephone 782-3661.

USDA Farm Service Agency (Fallon), 111 Sheckler Road, Fallon, NV 89406, telephone 423-5127

USDA Farm Service Agency (Yerington), 215 W. Bridge St., Yerington, NV 89447, telephone 463-2265.

Cold Springs Station, 52300 Austin Highway, Fallon, NV 89406, telephone 423-1233

Community Action Center, 701 E St., P.O. Box 331, Hawthorne, NV 89415, phone 945-2471.

Douglas County Sheriff Substations (accepts checks only, no cash), North Valley, 267-3692, Topaz Ranch Estates 266-1028, Tillman 265-7090

Old Middlegate Station, 42500 Austin Highway, Highway 50 and 361 (east of Fallon), Middlegate, NV 89406, telephone 423-7134.