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You can get Christmas tree cutting permits from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to go get a tree on nearby public land. Some cutting areas, like the Lake Tahoe Basin, are close to the Reno region. Others are a bit further afield.

In support of the Every Kid in a Park program, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-grade students who present a valid paper voucher or durable Every Kid in a Park pass.

Christmas Tree Cutting Permits for the Lake Tahoe Basin

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is selling Christmas tree cutting permits starting on Monday, November 7, 2016 for the 2016 holiday season. Permits are $10 each with a limit of two per family. It's cash, check or credit card at South Shore, cash or check only at North Shore and in Tahoe City. Permits must be purchased in person and will be available at three Lake Tahoe locations on a first - come, first - served basis.

Included with permits are maps to designated cutting areas and other information about choosing a tree. You'll be able to choose from tree species including pine, cedar, and fir. Trees chosen for cutting should have a trunk diameter of 6 inches or less. There may be some seasonal road closures and off-road driving is not permitted, so you may have to do some walking to reach certain cutting areas. Stay on National Forest System roads and do not trespass on private property.

North Shore Lake Tahoe - Incline Village Forest Service office.
855 Alder Avenue, Incline Village, NV.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.
More information - (775) 831-0914 (during winter driving conditions, call ahead to make sure the office is open).

South Shore Lake Tahoe - LTBMU Forest Supervisor's office.
35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
More information - (530) 543-2694.

Tahoe City - North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.
100 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
More information - (530) 581-6900.

Forest and mountains near Lake Tahoe
Photo © Stan White

Christmas Tree Permits for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will be selling Christmas tree cutting permits for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest starting on November 21, 2016 and valid through December 25, 2016. Households are limited to two $10 permits, which will be sold on a first - come, first - served basis. The Carson Ranger District is allocated 4,000 permits.

Permits are $10 for the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts. They must be purchased in person with cash, check, or credit / ATM cards. Permits are good for cutting white fir, Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine, juniper, pinyon pine, and incense cedar in designated areas. USFS Christmas tree permits are available at the Reno / Tahoe locations listed below during the hours listed. For more locations, refer to "Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Christmas Tree Program."

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Headquarters
1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 331-6444
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Carson Ranger District Office
1536 S. Carson Street (US 395), Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-2766
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Galena Creek Visitor Center
16750 Mount Rose Highway, Reno, NV
(775) 849-4948
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Markleeville General Store
14799 Highway 89, Markleeville, CA 96120
(530) 694-2448
Seven days a week: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open Thanksgiving.

Christmas Tree Permits from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Permits from the Nevada BLM Carson City District are available for $5 each starting Monday, November 14, 2016. Individuals are limited to no more than 10 permits. Areas open to tree cutting include the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne. When you purchase a permit, maps and directions are available. The BLM offices in Reno and Carson City accept credit card cards, cash, and checks. Other locations only accept cash or checks made payable to the BLM. You can get permits in person from these BLM locations, during the hours listed. For more information contact Carson City BLM Forester Coreen Francis at (775) 885-6161. Most locations are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

BLM Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BLM Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89520-0006
(775) 861-6500
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Galena Creek Visitor Center
16750 Mount Rose Highway, Reno, NV
(775) 849-4948
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cal Ranch
2035 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 461-2213
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
1477 US Highway 395 North, Suite A, Gardnerville, NV 89410
(775) 782-8144
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community Action Center - Hawthorne
924 5th Street, Hawthorne, NV 89415
(775) 945-2471
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UNR Cooperative Extension Office - Fallon
111 Shekler Road, Fallon, NV
(775) 423-5121
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Middlegate Station
42500 U.S. Highway 50 (48 miles east of Fallon)
(775) 423-7134
Daily: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cold Springs Station
52500 U.S. Highway 50 (62 miles east of Fallon)
(775) 423-1233
Daily: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Be Prepared for Winter Conditions

Wherever you go Christmas tree cutting, bring your own saws and other equipment. In case you encounter bad roads and stormy weather, be sure to bring warm clothing, a first aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, a shovel, and tire chains. If you get stuck, it could be a while before someone finds you and cell phones may not work in remote areas. Be sure to check the weather forecast and highway conditions to make sure roads to your intended location are open.

Free Christmas Tree Permits for 4th Graders

Free BLM Christmas tree permits are available to Nevada fourth graders as part of the U.S. Department of Interior's "Every Kid in a Park" program. Students must have a valid 4th Grade Pass or paper voucher obtained from the program website.

Sources: Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service.

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