The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is all out of Christmas tree permits for this year.
In a time of penny-pinching, especially around the holidays, it might be most cost-effective to cut down your Christmas tree this year. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest gives you that chance.
For as low as $10, approximately 4,000 permits will be issued. Don't let the large amount fool you. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis for a reason. Two trees may be cut per household and all permits are non-refundable and valid through December 25.
Forest offices are asking cutter not to hesitate because some cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall.
Cutting areas include portions of Dog Valley, Spooner Summit, Mt. Rose, Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley, and Wolf Creek. Permits must be purchased in person with cash or checks (credit/ATM cards are not accepted). Phone, mail, or e-mail permit requests cannot be processed.
Forest offices suggest that all Christmas tree cutters be prepared for weather and road road conditions that are common in the terrain. Have your own saw, warm clothing, a first-aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, shovel and tire chains.
Tree permits are available at the following offices:
Carson Ranger District Office 775-882-2766
1536 S. Carson Street, Carson City, NV
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11/27 and 12/4, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Galena Creek Visitor Center 775-849-4948
16750 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno, NV
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hope Valley Café and Market 530-694-2323
14655 Highway 88, Woodfords Canyon, CA
7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Markleeville General Store 530-694-2448
14799 Highway 89, Markleeville, CA
7 days a week, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Please be aware that Federal offices will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, December 24, 2010. For further information, contact the Carson Ranger District at 775-882-2766.