Christmas Tree Permits to be Available for Purchase on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts Beginning Nov. 21

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (775) 355-5311; Naaman Horn (702) 515-5413


Sparks, Nev.  - Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 21. The U.S. Forest Service Christmas Tree Program is designed for families, businesses, and institutions wishing to cut their own trees for decorating. 

Christmas tree permits must be purchased in person and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 each. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 25, 2016. The Carson Ranger District has 4,000 Christmas tree permits available for purchase, once those allotted permits are sold, no more will be available.

  Each Christmas tree permit is valid for the cutting of one tree in specific areas on lands managed by the Ranger District for which the permit was purchased. A map and cutting rules and regulations will be included with the permit. The permit does not authorize cutting on private, state, or other federal lands. Christmas trees also cannot be harvested within developed campgrounds, administrative sites, or designated wilderness areas.

The topping of Christmas trees has resulted to serious problems in previous years by leaving behind high tree stumps. Please ensure that the maximum height of the stump left behind is no taller than six inches above bare soil with no live branches left on the stump. REMEMBER TOPPING TREES IS NOT PERMITTED! Also attach the Christmas tree permit securely to the tree so it is visible during transportation.

“Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree on National Forest lands,” said Duncan Leao, Vegetation Management Specialist. “Dress warmly and bring along a saw, shovel, map, snacks and water.  Also make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when to expect you home.”

Getting your tree early before the snow falls usually means better access on forest roads. High-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles and traction devices are recommended when driving on mountain roads at this time of year. Vehicles with inadequate tires and/or no chains have caused extensive problems in the past, blocking roads and preventing other drivers from being able to enter or leave the cutting areas. Remember, most forest roads are not plowed in the winter. Leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Be prepared for unpredictable weather and check road conditions before leaving.

Christmas tree permits for the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts are available at the locations listed below.

 

Carson Ranger District

(Tree Types: White Fir, Jeffrey Pine, and Incense Cedar)

VENDOR LOCATION

ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER

HOURS OF OPERATIONS

PERMIT

Carson Ranger District Office

1536 S. Carson St.

Carson City, NV

(775) 882-2766

  • Monday – Friday

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Closed Thanksgiving

 

*Possible early office closure on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Until Sold Out

Forest Supervisor’s Office

1200 Franklin St.

Sparks, NV

(775) 331-6444

  • Monday – Friday

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Closed Thanksgiving

 

*Possible early office closure on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Until Sold Out

Hope Valley Café and Market

 

14655 Highway 88, Woodfords Canyon, CA

(530) 694-2323

  • Seven Days a Week

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Open Thanksgiving

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Until Sold Out

Markleeville General Store

14799 Highway 89, Markleeville, CA

(530) 694-2448

 

 

  • Seven Days a Week

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Open Thanksgiving

    

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Until Sold Out

Galena Creek Visitors Center

18250 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno, NV

(775) 849-4948

 

 

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Until Sold Out

* Christmas tree permits are limited on the Carson Ranger District and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Bridgeport Ranger District

(Tree Types: Pinyon Pine, Juniper, and Limited White Fir)

VENDOR LOCATION

ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER

HOURS OF OPERATIONS

PERMIT

Bridgeport Ranger District Office

 

HC62, Box 1000

Bridgeport, CA

(760) 932-7070

  • Monday – Friday

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Closed Thanksgiving

 

*Possible early office closure on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Dec. 23

Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District Office

 

 

2500 State Route 203, Mammoth Lakes, CA

(760) 924-5500

  • Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Closed Thanksgiving

 

*Possible early office closure on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Dec. 23

Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District Office

 

 

798 North Main St., Bishop, CA

(760) 873-2500

  • Monday – Friday

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving

 

*Possible early office closure on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Dec. 23

Buckboard General Store

2160 Hwy 208,

Smith Valley, NV

(775) 465-2289

  • Monday – Saturday

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Sunday

8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost:

$10 per permit

 

Purchase Dates:

Nov. 21 – Dec. 24





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