Christmas tree cutting starts Nov. 22 |

Christmas tree cutting starts Nov. 22

Staff Reports

Christmas tree cutting permits will be available starting Nov. 22 and ending on Christmas Eve, or until 4,000 permits are sold by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District.

Federal offices are closed on Thanksgiving. 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.

Two trees may be cut per household, permits are nonrefundable and nontransferrable, and are valid through Dec. 25. Maps of cutting areas will be provided with Christmas tree tags. Permits sell out quickly, so officials urge people to get them early. Tree cutters should have their own saws, warm clothing, a first-aid kit, extra food and water, shovel, and a heavy rope or chain, 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. Carry tire chains in all vehicles, including four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles.

Permits must be purchased in person with cash or checks (credit and ATM cards are not accepted). Phone, mail, or email permit requests cannot be processed.

Tree permits are available at:

■ Hope Valley Café and Market, 14655 Highway 88, Woodfords Canyon 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week. Information, 530-694-2323.

■ Markleeville General Store, 14799 Highway 89, Markleeville 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information, 530-694-2448

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