Christmas Tree Permits Available for Purchase on the Austin-Tonopah, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts Beginning Nov. 2

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 775-771-4777


SPARKS, NV. – Christmas tree permits for National Forest System (NFS) lands on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Austin-Tonopah, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts will be available for purchase online through Recreation.gov, as well as in-person at multiple locations, starting Monday, Nov. 2. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at http://bit.ly/HTNFChristmasTreePermit.

“We are excited to be able to continue this holiday tradition, despite the challenges faced from COVID-19,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “For many families, venturing into NFS lands to cut their Christmas tree for the holidays is a treasured tradition carried on for generations.”

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 are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $5 each, with a limit of five trees per household. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 25, 2020.

The Forest decided to move permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest offices in Carson City and Sparks, Nevada, that remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Customer Service is one of our core values and it just makes sense for the Forest to expand its Christmas Tree permit sales though this popular and secure online system,” added Dunkelberger.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit online, visit Recreation.gov and search for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Christmas Tree Permits (https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/0b7eb323-ebc7-11ea-98dd-e638fec87f2e). It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Please be aware that if purchasing through Recreation.gov there will be an additional fee of $2.50 per transaction.

While the Austin-Tonopah, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District offices remain closed to the public, virtual services are still being provided by staff. If people are not interested in purchasing Christmas trees permits online, please contact the Ranger District for specific details on how to purchase them locally and the days and times permits will be available (See Contact Information below).

The Ely Ranger District also plans to sell Christmas tree permits outside the office, 25 Avenue E, Ely, NV 8930, and Ridley’s Family Market, 689 Great Basin Blvd., Ely, NV 89301, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on specific days, weather dependent (See list below). Only cash or checks will be excepted. Firewood tags will also be available to purchase for $5 per cord with a maximum of four cords per household (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/passes-permits/?cid=fseprd709954#ely).

 

Ely Ranger District’s
2020 Christmas Tree Sales Location

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

 Tuesday, Nov. 3

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Nov. 6

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Tuesday, Nov. 10

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Nov. 13

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Tuesday, Nov. 17

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Nov. 20

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Saturday, Nov. 21

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ridley’s Family Market

 Tuesday, Nov. 24

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Nov. 27

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ridley’s Family Market

 Tuesday, Dec. 1

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Dec. 4

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Tuesday, Dec. 8

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Dec. 11

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Saturday, Dec. 12

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ridley’s Family Market

 Tuesday, Dec. 15

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Friday, Dec. 18

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ely Ranger District Office

 Saturday, Dec. 19

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 Ridley’s Family Market

 

Each Christmas tree permit is valid for the cutting of one tree 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! If you’ve purchased a Christmas tree permit in person, please make sure the adhesive tag is attached securely to the tree, so it is visible during transportation. If you purchased your permit through Recreation.gov, a copy of the permit is required to be placed visibly on your vehicle dashboard.

“Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree on National Forest lands,” said Vegetation Program Manager Duncan Leao. “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, check road conditions before leaving, and always use caution when emerging onto main roads.

Click here for a list of vendors that are selling Austin-Tonopah, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District's Christmas tree permits.





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