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Forest Service Christmas tree permits available in rural areas


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Christmas is fast approaching and tree cutting permits are now available, at your local Forest Service offices.  Permits are $5.00 per tree, with a limit of 5 trees per family.  Permits will be available for sale until Friday, December 23, 2011.

Permits for cutting trees on the Mountain City, Jarbidge, Ruby Mountains, and Ely Ranger Districts can be purchased at the Elko Forest Service Office at 2035 Last Chance Road in Elko.  Permits for the Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge Ranger Districts can be purchased at 140 Pacific Avenue in Wells.

Office hours at both locations are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Permits are also available by mail as long as a check or money order is included, and made out to USDA Forest Service.

Mountain City Ranger District Christmas tree permits may also be obtained in Owyhee at:

Our Grocery Store

Highway 225

Owyhee, NV  89832

Hours for the store are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time.

Jarbidge Ranger District Christmas tree permits are also available in Twin Falls at:

Sawtooth National Forest Headquarters Office

2647 Kimberly Road East

Twin Falls, NV  83301

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

Permit holders may obtain directions to cutting areas at the issuing office.  Forest Service permits allow the cutting of pinyon pine or juniper in the Ruby Mountains south of Harrison Pass and on the south end of the East Humboldt range, in the Outhouse Draw or Arizona Springs cutting units; sub-alpine fir, pinyon pine, or juniper on the Mountain City Ranger District north of Elko; or, subalpine fir in the Jarbidge area, also north of Wells.

When heading out for your Christmas tree, remember to prepare for the unexpected.  Emergency equipment and supplies such as chains, snow tires, a first-aid kit, blankets, and extra food and water are recommended for winter traveling.  Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return time.

Both the Elko and Wells Forest Service offices will be closed Thursday, November 24.  Learn more about this release by contacting Tracie Winfrey at 775-738-5171.

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