Christmas tree cutting season starts
The next week will see the beginning of open season on Christmas trees on federal lands.The Bureau of Land Management began selling tree cutting permits on Thursday and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Carson Ranger District will start selling permits on Monday. Permits are available until Dec. 24, or until they’ve all been sold. Federal offices are closed on Thanksgiving. BLM permits allow cutting a pion pine or juniper tree on designated lands primarily in the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne. Maps and directions are available with permit purchase. The cost per BLMpermit is $5.There is no limit to the number of permits that may be purchased; the permits are for individual use only. Collection of trees for resale requires a special permit.BLM permits may be purchased at the following locations: • BLM-Carson City District Office 5665 Morgan Mill Road 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays (Nov. 24 and Dec. 1) 885-6000• Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1477 US Highway 395 North Suite A, Gardnerville, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, , 782-8144, Gardnerville, NV 89410The Carson City BLM office accepts credit cards, cash, and checks. The Carson Valley Chamber only accepts cash or checks made payable to the BLM. National Forest permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 each in designated cutting areas for white fir, incense cedar, Jeffrey, and lodge pole pine trees. Forest Service officials say residents should get their permits early, because they sell out quickly.Forest Service permits are available at the following offices:• Carson Ranger District Office, 1536 S. Carson St., Carson City, Nev., 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 882-2766n Hope Valley Caf and Market, 14655 Highway 88, Woodfords Canyon, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 530-694-2323• Markleeville General Store, 14799 Highway 89, Markleeville, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. seven days a week, 530-694-2448Tree cutters on Forest Service land:• Two trees may be cut per household, permits are nonrefundable. n Cutting areas include portions of Dog Valley, Mt. Rose, Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley, and Wolf Creek. • Tree cutters should have their own saws, warm clothing, a first-aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, and a shovel, 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. Cutters should make sure they have tire chains in the vehicle; this includes 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles.n Permits 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.