Christmas tree cutting permits now available |

Christmas tree cutting permits now available

Staff Reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Christmas tree-cutting permits are now available to the general public, officials announced this week. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service sell the permits to thin small trees in overstocked areas and to provide recreational experiences for residents.

The BLM permits are available now, while the Forest Service permit sales begin Nov. 23. All stations will be closed Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26.

The BLM cutting permits for pinon pine trees are available for $5 each, primarily on forested BLM lands in the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorn. Maps and directions are available with permit purchase, and there is not permit limit.

The U.S. Forest Service is set to issue about 4,000 permits for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 25, or until the permits are sold out. The $10 permits are for white fir, incense cedar, Jeffrey and lodgepole pine trees in the areas of Dog Valley, Spooner Summit, Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley and Wolf Creek. Permits must be purchased in person by cash or check.

Tree cutters should have their own saws, warm clothing, a first aid kid, extra food, heavy rope or chain, a shovel and tire chains. Some cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall, so it is advised to cut trees early in the season.