Christmas Tree Cutting PermitsGet Your Own Christmas Tree for a Great Family Outing
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 25, 2019 for the 2019 holiday season. Permits are $10 each with a limit of one per family or address. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Permits must be purchased in person and will be available at two Lake Tahoe locations on a first - come, first - served basis. They are valid through December 31, 2019.
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.
South Shore Lake Tahoe - LTBMU Forest Supervisor's office.
North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.
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 1, 2019 and valid through December 25, 2019. Households are limited to two $10 permits, which will be sold on a first - come, first - served basis. The Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts are allocated a limited number of permits. When these are sold, no more will be available.
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 these Reno / Tahoe area locations during the hours listed. For more locations, go to the Christmas tree cutting website.
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.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor's Office
Carson Ranger District Office
Galena Creek Visitor Center
Hope Valley Café and Market
Markleeville General Store
Scheels in Sparks
Christmas Tree Permits from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Permits from the Nevada BLM Carson City District are available for $5 each starting Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Individuals are limited to no more than 10 permits for pinyon pine or juniper trees only. 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. No cutting of Christmas trees within wilderness study areas. 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 at (775) 885-6107. Most locations are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
BLM Carson City District Office
BLM Nevada State Office
Galena Creek Visitor Center
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
Consolidated Agencies of Human Services - Hawthorne
UNR Cooperative Extension Office - Fallon
Cold Springs Station
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.
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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