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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.

After your tree has served through the Christmas season, you can make sure it is properly disposed of by participating in the "Christmas Tree Recycling in the Reno and Sparks Area" program.

Christmas Tree Cutting Permits for the Lake Tahoe Basin

Christmas tree cutting permits for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) are available starting on Monday, November 16, 2020, for the 2020 holiday season. Permits are available for online purchase through

Permits cost $10 each, plus a $2.50 online processing fee with a limit of one per family. Cutting under these permits is allowed until December 31, 2020, to accommodate military families and others who may need to celebrate a delayed Christmas.

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.

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 online for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest starting on November 6 and ending on December 31, 2020. Households may cut up to two trees at $10 per tree. Permits allow you to cut Christmas trees within designated areas of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Participating areas include the Carson, Bridgeport, Austin-Tonapah, Ely, and Mountain City/Ruby Mountains/Jarbidge Ranger Districts. For additional details, maps of cutting areas and to purchase your permit online, go to "Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Christmas Tree Permit."

There will be two locations selling permits in person...

Scheels in Sparks
1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV 89434
(775) 331-2700
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sportsman's Warehouse
1443 S. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 884-2100
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All fourth grade students are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, while supplies last, through the Every Kid Outdoors initiative. To be eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, all fourth graders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and present their fourth grade pass or paper voucher. This free Christmas tree permit program also applies to the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Christmas Tree Permits for the Tahoe National Forest

Permits are now sold online. They allow you to cut a Christmas tree within designated areas of the Tahoe National Forest. Permits are specific to ranger districts within the Tahoe National Forest. On the website, be sure you select the correct area for where you plan to cut your tree. Available areas are the Sierraville, American River, Yuba River and Truckee Ranger Districts. Permits are good from Friday, November 6 through Thursday, December 31, 2020. The maximum number of trees you can cut is 2 at $10 per tree. For additional details, maps of cutting areas and to purchase your permit online, go to "Tahoe National Forest Christmas Tree Permits."

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 16, 2020, and valid through December 24, 2020. Permits are for pinyon pine or juniper trees only and limited to 10 per person. When you purchase a permit, maps and directions will be provided. You can purchase permits over the phone with a debit or credit card by calling (775) 885-6000. You can also make a purchase appointment at the Carson City District Office at the same phone number. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can get permits in person from these other locations during the hours listed.

BLM Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
By appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BLM Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89520-0006
(775) 861-6500
Call for appointment or purchase by phone.

Carson City Chamber of Commerce
1900 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-1565
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Cold Springs Station
52500 U.S. Highway 50 (62 miles east of Fallon)
(775) 423-1233
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
1477 US Highway 395 North, Suite A, Gardnerville, NV 89410
(775) 782-8144
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Consolidated Agencies of Human Services - 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 - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Middlegate Station
42500 U.S. Highway 50 (48 miles east of Fallon)
(775) 423-7134
Daily: 7 a.m. to 9 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.

Be Prepared for Winter Conditions

Wherever you go Christmas tree cutting, bring your own saws and other equipment. In case you encounter bad road conditions or 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. Consult your maps to insure you are on BLM land.

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 Outdoors" 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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