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BLM & Forest Service announce availability of Christmas Tree permits

By ThisIsReno

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District Office, and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, announce the availability of Christmas tree cutting permits to the general public.  The agencies conduct Christmas tree sales to thin small trees in overstocked areas and to provide recreational experiences for local residents.  BLM tree permits are currently available; Forest Service permit sales will start November 23. Please note that all stations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): cutting permits for BLM pinyon pine trees are currently available for $5 each, primarily on forested BLM lands in the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine & Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne.  Maps and directions are available with permit purchase.  There is no limit on these BLM non-refundable permits.

Permits for BLM (pinyon pine) trees may be purchased at the offices listed below.  Both the BLM-Nevada State Office in Reno and the BLM-Carson City District Office will accept phone credit card orders, or check/credit card mail orders.

BLM-Carson City District Office Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

5665 Morgan Mill Rd.                                                 Saturdays (11/28, 12/5 & 12/12) 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Carson City, NV 89701                                               775-885-6000

BLM-Nevada State Office-Reno Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1340 Financial Blvd.                                       775-861-6500

Reno, NV 89520-0006
Community Action Center-Hawthorne Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

701 E St.

Hawthorne, NV 89415                                                775-945-2471

UNR Cooperative Extension Office-Fallon Nov. 18, Dec. 1 & 8 only; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

111 Shekler Road
Fallon, NV                                                       Christmas tree and woodcutting permits
Cash or checks only at this location.                775-423-5121

USDA Forest Service (USFS): approximately 4,000 permits will be available from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, beginning on Monday, November 23, and ending December 25 or until permits are sold out. Cutting permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 each in designated cutting areas for white fir, incense cedar, Jeffrey and lodgepole pine trees.  Only two USFS trees may be cut per household, permits are non-refundable, and are valid through December 25, 2009.  Cutting areas include portions of Dog Valley, Spooner Summit, Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley, and Wolf Creek.

Permits for Forest Service trees 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.  Please note that tree permits are available at the following offices:

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Forest Headquarters-Sparks
1200 Franklin Way

Sparks, NV 89431, 775-331-6444

•           Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from November 23, 2009 through December 4, 2009;

•           Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from December 7 to December 24, 2009;

•           Saturday, November 28, 2009, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and,

•           Sunday, November 29, 2009, 8 a.m. – noon.

Carson Ranger District Office, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1536 S. Carson Street

Carson City, NV 89701, 775-882-2766

Hope Valley Café and Market, 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Permits will go on sale beginning November 27, 2009)

14655 Highway 88 (Woodfords Canyon)

Markleeville, CA 96120, 530-694-2323

Markleeville General Store, 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

14799 Highway 89

Markleeville, CA 96120, 530-694-2448

Tree cutters should have 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.  Some cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall, so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season.

For further information, contact either the USFS Carson Ranger District at 775-882-2766, or the BLM Carson City District Office at 775-885-6000.

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